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Date: 6/28/2002

Legacy Foundation awards $5,000 toward Community Veterans Memorial

The Community Veterans Memorial Committee announces that the Legacy Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the veterans war memorial fund toward construction of The Community Veterans Memorial in Munster.

The funding was received according to the Legacy Foundation’s goal to improve the quality of life for residents in Lake County.

“We are pleased to make this contribution to a project that not only serves to honor and memorialize our nation’s veterans, but one that serves to create an aesthetically pleasing environment for all residents in Lake County,” says Nancy Johnson, Director of the Legacy Foundation.

The Legacy Foundation awarded this grant from its Lake County Community Fund, created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations to help the region meet the challenges of changing times. Legacy Foundation invests and administers this fund, returning the earnings from the investments to the community in the form of grants.

“We are grateful for this contribution and we are confident the Community Veterans Memorial will live up to the high standards the Legacy Foundation expects from all the projects it funds,” said Edward P. Robinson, co-chairman of the Community Veterans Memorial Committee and administrator of Community Hospital in Munster.

The Community Veterans Memorial is being built on more than seven acres of land - donated by Community Hospital - in southwest Munster, Indiana, bordered by Calumet, Columbia and Superior avenues.

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The more than $3 million park will include life-sized memorials for the major military conflicts that have shaped the 20th century: World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. The stations will include large granite and bronze sculptures that incorporate actual war-time memorabilia, all set amidst landscaping that reflects the rugged terrains of war-torn lands. About 600 bricks etched with facts about U.S. history will line the walkway to each station.

The community is invited to become involved with the memorial in several ways, including memorializing or honoring a veteran in the memorial brick pathway, or sponsoring a tree, bench, flag pole, welcome area or entire war memorial site.

For more information about the Legacy Foundation, call 219-736-1880. For more information about the Community Veterans Memorial, visit www.communityveteransmemorial.org or call 219-836-4582.

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