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The DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee would like to extend heartfelt thanks for the ongoing support from the community, as well as a special note of appreciation to two Island organizations for their support during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Sherry Miller of the Rotary Club became aware of an event called National Wreaths Across America Day. The national event's goal is to honor as many veterans as possible by laying wreaths at their place of memorialization. This information prompted Sherry to reach out to us and offer to place wreaths at each of the dedicatory areas within the DeGlopper Memorial Site. We are pleased that the Rotary took the initiative to volunteer their time to coordinate and fund the cost of the wreaths for this tribute at our Island memorial.
Additionally, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of President Eric Fiebelkorn, coordinated the effort to light up the site by providing the time, effort and financial support needed to string up Christmas lights on the evergreens.
The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Site is a jewel in the center of Grand Island. The prime location demonstrates that we will always remember the sacrifices made daily by those who serve and their families to preserve our freedoms.
We encourage you to visit the site, at 2333 Grand Island Blvd., and consider the expression of your sentiments by purchasing an inscribed granite stone or a paver. Although supply shortages delayed installation in 2022, we now have an inventory that will allow us to have any stone purchased by Feb. 28 installed by Memorial Day this year (barring anything unforeseen).
Pavers may be inscribed with a tasteful, personal message expressing gratitude for those who serve, or more detailed information honoring a loved one than what is allowable on the Memorial Wall.
These memorials are priced for various budgets as follows:
√ 12-inches-by-12-inches granite stone, $1,000
√ 8-inches-by-8-inches paver, $375
√ 4-inches-by-8-inches paver, $150
Grand Island residents who have served may also have their names inscribed on the Veterans Memorial Wall. The cost is $100 and requires proof of honorable service (DD214), and proof of past or present residency on Grand Island.
Forms for pavers or names placed on the Memorial wall are available at the following:
√ DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
√ On the website degloppermemorial.org by clicking respectively the tabs:
The memorial committee asks for your continuing support to raise funds needed to complete the handicapped-accessible sidewalks and the ongoing maintenance of the site.
DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee
DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249
2121 Grand Island Blvd.