Commitment to ‘Wreaths Across America’ creates legacy Veteran project in Barrington, IL
In its first year of sponsoring “Wreaths Across America Day” in December of 2019, the Signal Hill Chapter was able to sponsor remembrance wreaths for the graves of 342 Veterans buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington, Illinois. The number honored was limited by what could be gleaned from existing cemetery records and 2019 fundraising.
In 2020, Honorary Past Regent Deb Edlund, serving as the chapter’s WAA Chairman, set a goal of honoring allveterans at Evergreen Cemetery, realizing this would require extensive research to identify them all. The identification process turned out to be a pandemic-perfect project, for it required cemetery strolls, internet sleuthing, and genealogy research.
The research produced a complete and accurate database of 667 military Veterans interred at Evergreen Cemetery, serving in conflicts from the Civil War through the Gulf War. Thanks to the generosity of Signal Hill Daughters, local Veteran organizations, and citizen wreath sponsorships, all of them received a remembrance wreath on December 19, 2020.
The chapter’s WAA committee required masks of all 175 pre-registered wreath laying volunteers, and implemented a more crowd-controlled event, directed by 24 DAR volunteers and 9 HODARs.
The “legacy” by-product of the research has been valuable biographical information that provides “profiles” of many individual veterans – and together comprises a history of one community’s service to America.
Ms. Edlund and her team of researchers have set a goal of developing twelve Veteran profiles per year from among the more interesting stories, particularly when photos were uncovered. In 2020, thirteen Veteran profiles were posted to the Barrington Area Library website’s local history portal, and many more are works-in-progress.
The team discovered thirteen female Veterans interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington – eleven are WWII Vets, one served in both WWII and Korea, and one served in Vietnam. Five of them were married to male Veterans. Profiles of these brave women will be submitted to the Women in Military Service to America Memorial (WIMSA) in Arlington, Virginia when completed.
The 2020 Veteran profiles can be viewed at “We Remember – A Salute to Barrington’s Veterans” – https://www.balibrary.org/local-history/1781-we-remember.
Wreaths Across America was on Saturday, December 14, 12:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 600 Dundee, Ave., Barrington. There are 400 veteran grave sites that have been identified. Volunteers and HODARS placed more than 343 wreaths on the headstones of our veterans.
Deb Edlund led the memorial service. Guests in attendance who spoke about the dedication of veterans were: US Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06), and Village of Barrington President Karen Darch.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who participated to Remember, Honor, Teach, ensuring that the memory of those who served our country endures. Deb led the volunteers in this fabulous project.
Contact Deb Edlund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credits: Ira Marcus.
On November 15th, over 600 homeless veterans receive winter clothing and toiletries. Our Signal Hill chapter also handed out socks, scarves, hats and gloves. Our Regent Joyce Wright pictured on the left.
Regent Joyce Wright, Carol Butera, Jen Fisher, Deb Edlund, Kathy Casey and HODAR Scott Fisher
attended the Village of Barrington Board meeting. Regent Joyce Wright thanked the veterans for their service and highlighted our service to veterans - Wreaths Across America, this week’s Community Meal, Stand Down, Honor Flight, etc. Afterwards, they shared cake with the veterans and community members.
The Community Meal honored our area veterans. Members of the VFW 7706, American Legion 0158, Veterans of Lake Barrington Shores, TLS Veterans Services, LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry and Veterans Comfort Dogs were present, in addition to members of the Barrington community.
Regent Joyce Wright welcomed and thanked everyone. Our chapter members and assistants set up, made desserts, served, chatted, and cleaned up. It was a good evening and always a wonderful way to thank our veterans.
Crystal Lake Community Band Sax Quartet.
Members of LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Veterans and Comfort Dogs including Blitz, Flex, and Malachi.
Regent Joyce Wright, Penny Liptak, Dee, Dorcas Krolopp, HODAR Tim Cardwell, Donna Cardwell, Kathy Casey, Joan Kornfeind, Nathan Reiss. Penny's grandson Nathan is member of the ROTC and all around supporter of our chapter.
Donna Cardwell, Dee Krolopp, and Tim Cardwell.
Patti Matecki and Regent Joyce Wright.
Susan Olund and Donna Cardwell
God Bless our Veterans!
We collect comfort items for donation to VA hospitals and for VA Stand Down for homeless veterans; we support Honor Flight Chicago with monetary donations and Thank You notes for the veteran mail call; we are a Commemorative Partner with Vietnam War Veterans.
Active US troops are not forgotten – we assist at “No Dough” dinners through the USO for Navy personnel at Great Lakes Naval Station and contribute and assemble packages for deployed troops.
We support veterans through the Honor Flight Chicago program with monetary donations and volunteer time. Honor Flight sends veterans to Washington D.C. at no cost to them to view the memorial erected in their honor.
DAR Project Patriot
We support active American service personnel through the Daughters of the American Revolution Project Patriot Committee. The Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR collects and ships basic needs items requested by our soldiers, knits helmet liners, and sends long distance calling cards to our hospitalized service personnel in Landstuhl, Germany.
Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR participates in the Independence Day Parade, in Barrington. Honored veterans, our youth award winners, and several chapter members and their children and grandchildren, march alongside our decorated floats and cars. We distribute approximately 6,000 pieces of American made flag-wrapped candy each year. A great deal of fun is had by all!
Project Patriot Troop Care Package prepared by Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR for active - duty deployed military.
The National Gathering is going virtual! The National Gathering of Veterans - Honoring All in a Traditional Native Way is a yearly event that is usually held at Cantigny park in Wheaton, IL. However, this year due to COVID-19, the event will take place virtually as a webinar, with portions of it being broadcast from Trickster Cultural Center itself. This full-day event, held on Saturday, September 26th, honors veterans and military personnel of all cultures, eras, and branches in a Native way.If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service. Click to register via Zoom: Click: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-gS-xLZ6RkKSiaDFYdIleA