Members of the Charles DeGlopper Memorial Expansion project met on Tuesday, September 13th to sign the deed for the old Exxon property over to the VFW. The expansion is a cooperative effort by the Grand Island VFW Memorial Post 9249, Grand Island American Legion and Grand Island Moose Lodge #180. the property is located between Adrian’s Custard and Beef and DeGlopper Memorial Park.
The expansion of the DeGlopper Memorial site will not only honor Charles N. DeGlopper, but all Grand Island residents, past, present, and future, who have proudly served the United States as a member of the military. Design features will include a Gold Star for mothers of the fallen, personalized memorial pavers, flagpoles with the flags from each arm of the military, black granite walls with engravings of the names of Grand Island residents who have served, benches for visitors, parking, and much more. Donation opportunities for the expansion were recently announced by the committee on Memorial Day. The expansion is projected to cost about $750,000 and take about one year to complete.
Tax deductible donations are being accepted through the Grand Island VFW Memorial Post 9249. For more information on how to donate individuals can visit the DeGlopper Memorial website, Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the photo above seated from left: Expansion committee members Ray DeGlopper, Chairman Erik Anderson, VFW Commander Christian Eshelmann, Allen Lee.
Standing: Moose members Amy Garten, Marge Robillard, Deb Bota, Dan Robillard, American Legion members Al Prame & Joe Synakowski, Exp. Treasurer Jim Sharpe, VFW member Dan McMahon, VFW Senior Vice Commander Matthew Fox, John Forest, Project Manager Dan Drexilius and Patrick Soos.