Memorial dedicated on Veterans’ Day

December 4th, 2009    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

As our nation honored our veterans on November 11, so did Batavia Township.

A new memorial, which features a Humvee, was dedicated amidst current service men and women, veterans and family and friends. In front of several hundred people the Humvee, which displays its headlights and talelights at night, was unveiled.

“We need to thank our veterans for the freedoms we enjoy and we, with this veteran’s memorial plaza, in our own small way, are trying to do just that,” said Batavia Township Trustee Lee Cornett.

From left are Mayor John Thebout, Batavia Trustee Archie Wilson, Commissioner Ed Humphrey, Commissioner Bob Proud, State Rep. Joe Uecker, and Congresswoman Jean Schmidt.
There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd as Todd Kritzwiser sang the Lee Greenwood song, "Proud to be an American," while the retired military aricraft called the Warbirds flew over in formation.

"I am honored to be a part of this dedication," said Mayor John Thebout of the Village of Batavia. "I am honored to have served our country in the airforce, and this ceremony is particularly meaningful to me as I watch the service aircraft fly overhead."

Mayor Thebout, along with other elected officials, including Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, paid tribute to the veterans and currently serving military personnel.

"I am so proud to be an American," said Thebout, "and these veterans and service people make it possible for all of us to live the life we choose.

The memorial is located at Batavia Township Community Park, 1535 Clough Pike.
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