Soldiers unveil a marker at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1800 Riverwoods Drive in the Victory Centre of River Woods assisted living campus in Melrose Park. | Alex Hernandez/Pioneer Press
Vietnam War veterans and their families have one more place to reflect on the sacrifices they’ve made now that the Village of Melrose Park has cut the ribbon on the recently completed Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, 1800 Riverwoods Drive.
The park’s opening was marked by a dedication ceremony on July 27 that included “a presentation of the colors and rifle salute by American Legion Franklin Park Post 974, a benediction by Deacon Ray Behrendt from Sacred Heart Parish in Melrose Park, and renditions of the national anthem and ‘God Bless America’ by Gianna Capra Uroni,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico noted that the idea for park arose from a conversation he had last year with officials from Veterans Park District, which serves Melrose Park and three other surrounding suburbs.
“The village donated the land and installed most of the infrastructure, like the pavement and the retaining wall,” Serpico said, according to the Tribune. “The park district agreed to do all the landscaping and all the maintenance for the property. So, it’s a partnership with the village of Melrose Park. ”
“It’s been a long time coming,” George W. Atkins, the commander at American Legion Post 888 from Northlake, told the Tribune. “Finally, a tribute to my friends and fellow veterans that’s not all the way in Washington, D.C. It’s here; it’s close by. It’s a touching moment, especially when you’re personally involved with some of the names up there. I knew some of them well.”
To read the full Tribune article on the new memorial park, click here.
Maywood Police, Community Celebrate National Night Out
Area young people gather on the grass at Fred Hampton Park in Maywood during the Maywood Police Department’s annual National Night Out celebration on Aug. 2. | Smoothjazz Wgsjbcradio
The Maywood Police Department gave crime a “going away party,” according to community policing officer Pirsia Allen, during its annual commemoration of National Night Out on Aug. 2 at Fred Hampton Park in Maywood.
Members of the police and fire departments, in addition to local elected officials and village staff members, gathered in the park with hundreds of residents, who were treated to free food, t-shirts and a movie, among other things.
The event takes place nationwide each year and is designed “to raise Crime Prevention Awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirits and unity, and Community-Policing Partnerships,” according to a flyer circulated by the department promoting the event.
To see more photos from the event, click here. VFP