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Post Date:05/01/2018 11:14 AM

Members of Mount Prospect's VFW Post 1337 and American Legion Post 525 have a very special Memorial Day remembrance planned this year.

In addition to the annual Lions Park ceremony, they will dedicate a new section of the Lions Park Veteran’s Memorial to 15 Mount Prospect service people who lost their lives in both wartime and peacetime while serving in the United States military. So mark your calendars for 10 a.m. on Monday, May 28. Representatives of the Mt. Prospect Parks Foundation, the Mount Prospect Historical Society and the Mount Prospect Public Library worked alongside the veterans this winter and spring to locate the names and stories of Mount Prospect residents who were lost over the years while serving in the military so their names could be commemorated on the Veterans Memorial at Lions Park.

The search revealed that Mount Prospect lost residents to World War II and the Vietnam War, as well as during peacetime service, but interestingly, none were lost during World War I, Korea, the two Persian Gulf Wars or Afghanistan, as far as they can find. There is space remaining on the memorial, however, for the addition -- at future ceremonies -- of names they might have inadvertently missed, according to Dutch DeGroot, chairman of the project.

Those whose losses will soon be permanently memorialized are:

• World War II – Arthur W. Flesch, Robert W. Haake, Herman J. Heide, Phillip Winston Kaiser, Elmer Henry Piepenbrink, Victor William Sander and Frank F. Schott Jr.

• Vietnam War – William Daley, Frank F. Gagliano and David William Skibbe.

• Peacetime – Barry Richard Chumbley, Glen Edward Miller, Michael John Keane and Ronald Dean Odom.

DeGroot asks that if anyone can get in touch of members of any of these veterans’ families who may no longer reside in Mount Prospect, that they please do so and let them know about the upcoming remembrance ceremony and permanent memorial. Those who do not wish to contact the families personally, but have information about their whereabouts, may email DeGroot at

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