WW I Monument will be dismantled
and found a new home
by Annette Dixon
Volunteers were cleaning a portion of the Dan Ryan’s Woods near the bus stop on 87th Street east of Western Avenue around April 29, when they found something that appeared to be a monument. It was mentioned by Mr. Noonan that is was talked about and many be a note
for history, so the volunteers whacked at the weeds and saw a brick and stained residue monument where there may have been a plaque. After cleaning up the area, the alderman and residents of Beverly decided that this could be something important, for they found out that this was the first known monument from WW I dedicated to the Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers. This group is made up of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in service of our country. History has it that this may be the first group in Chicago, because the National Gold Star Mothers
came during WW II.
They first had a Decommissioning ceremony with Color Guards and Taps on November 9th and they hope to have a re-dedication
ceremony on November 11, 2018 on the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day. The remains are now on the Southeast corner of 87th and Western and they hope to raise 100 to 200 Thousand Dollars to enact a new monument using the bricks from the original WW I monument for Chicago Gold Star Mothers. Call the Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers at 773-980-6043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.