Army veteran Dave Myers saw the large number of war vets at his Luther Manor residence and decided to take some action in their honor. After he hatched the idea two years ago, he picked out a spot and began planning a memorial to recognize those who have served our country.
"I spent two weeks going door to door counting veterans living at Luther Manor and came up with 120 World War II and Korean War vets,” Myers said. “I thought we needed recognition here, so when I spotted a blank wall in the Welcome Center, I decided that could be my canvas for the memorial and I drew up a design.”
A dedication ceremony for the memorial is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Luther Manor, 4545 N. 92nd St. The celebration will include an honor guard to help unveil the display that includes flags, a podium and a message to all of the residence's past and present vets.
Myers said the Luther Manor Veterans Club has thus far raised 60 percent of the money needed for the project and is looking for additional donors to contribute the rest of the funds.
The memorial includes a 5-by-8-foot American flag which once flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. and five smaller flags representing each branch of the military. The flags surround a three-foot tall podium that includes a message honoring all past and present veterans of Luther Manor.