Plainfield Township Supervisor George Meek offered welcomes to the crowd who attended a Veteran’s Day service the Veteran Memorial Park, 5757 Belmont Avenue on Monday, November 12. Other township officials and State Representative Pete MacGregor joined a large crowd who braved frigid temperatures and a light snowfall for the event. Boy Scout Troop 283 and Cub Scout Pack 3283 led the Pledge of Allegiance and Chris Wiersum sang the National Anthem.
MacGregor was the main speaker at the event and offered thanks and prayers to those who have served in the past and are serving today. Color Guard from Sons of the American Legion Squad 258 placed a memorial wreath against the marker and provided a 21-gun salute. Closing remarks were by Meek.
Veteran’s Day services have been held at the park since construction was
complete. The property was donated to the township for the purpose after a straight-line wind storm damaged the majority of the trees on the parcel. The idea to build the park was Township Trustee Chuck Weldon’s. He solicited much of the work as volunteer and had the property developed into the memorial park we see today with little cost to the township. The park is dedicated to the men and women of the community who helped preserve the freedom of this great nation.