Building a Monument to First Responders

Archive for October, 2011

OL Rotary Club Receives Distinguished Service Citation


Rotary District 6450 Assistant Governor Dave Kobak presented the Oak Lawn Rotary with a very unique and special recognition at their meeting on October 17, 2011.

Speaking on behalf of District Governor David Templin, AG Dave Kobak said, “The Oak Lawn Rotary Club members are the shining stars of the District for taking on this project. We are very proud of their accomplishments in helping to build this wonderful Memorial.”

District Governor Templiin and Assistant District Governor Dave Kobak were in attendance at the dedication on 9/11/11. AG Dave Kobak says that DG Templin “was blown away” with what he experienced in Oak Lawn. As a long time Rotarian, he had never seen a community come together in this way.

The Distinguished Service Citation is also signed by other area Governor’s who were in attendance at the regional conference that DG Templin presided over.

Thanks so much for this wonderful recognition!

Oak Lawn Rotary Club President Dr. Mike Riordan, Oak Lawn Village Clerk Jane Quinlan and Dr. Sandra Bury accept the Distinguished Service Citation from District 6450 Assistant Governor Dave Kobak.

Why our color change?

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We’ve changed our old blue background to these fall colors to herald this new phase of construction and to honor OLPD’s own Lt. Art Clark as he nears completion of his fourth tour of duty since 9/11/01 – this time Afghanistan.

The Oak Lawn Community and your Monumental team can hardly wait to show Art  the Memorial that his hard work and vision (way back in 2009!) got started!  Thank you for your service and safe travels home Art!

Building it Right, Building it for Generations

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I’d like to extend my apologies for not updating this blog in the past few weeks. Life challenges have kept me very busy, but I will try to post more as we enter into this final phase.

Artist Erik Blome has dutifully completed the sculptural components and the site work continues. Everyone wants to make it the best tribute that we can, and after excavation and soil testing it was determined that the final installation would not be stable without additional and deeper building that originally specified.

Architect Jim Petrakos of Tria Architecture was able to quickly modify his specifications to include sufficient footings and rebuilding of the ground to support everything in such a way that it will last for generations.  As you can see from these photos earlier today, the supports will be deep, reinforced and built right.  We can’t thank Mr. Petrakos and the entire construction team enough for the great care they are taking.  It looks like they are ready to pour as soon as weather improves.

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