Military commemorative stone dedicated in Moline, Ill.
November 13, 2008
Maj. Gen. Robert M. Radin, commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, capped off a busy, blustery Veterans Day by dedicating Moline's new Military Commemorative Stone at Browning Park.
Radin started the day by serving as grand marshal of the Davenport, Iowa, Veterans Day parade. He then attended the Veterans Day observance at Rock Island National Cemetery on Arsenal Island.
The Moline, Ill., event, attended by more than 100 spectators despite the raw weather, featured a color guard from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2153 in Moline and remarks from Scott Raes, Moline mayor pro-tem and Third Ward alderman. Also speaking was Marine Corps Reserve Chief Warrant Officer Chris McKenzie, who is also a Moline school teacher.
Radin served as the event's keynote speaker.
"What I'm excited about here today is that we are honoring our veterans," Radin said. "I ask you on this very special day to not only remember our veterans who have served, but to also remember their families because their families have also contributed to the defense of this nation.
Radin also noted the special bond between Rock Island Arsenal and the surrounding communities that comprise the Quad Cities area.
"Your being here on this very cold and wet day shows me what is so special about the Quad Cities and this community," he said.
The highlight of the event was the official unveiling of the Military Commemorative Stone as Radin and McKenzie removed a protective tarp and decorative bunting to reveal an imposing black granite stone.
The stone, located in the park's Flag Plaza, is engraved with the names of 200 area veterans and servicemembers. There is room for an additional 60 engravings on the stone.
"It is truly an honor to be involved with a project that pays tribute to those who have served and those who are currently serving our country through their military service," said Ann Millman, Moline Park Board member and project organizer.
Veterans were enthused as well.
"I think Moline does pretty good as far as recognizing veterans and that means a lot to me because I'm a veteran and because my son is a veteran as well," said Gene Anderson of Moline. Anderson was an Army corporal in World War II and recently participated in the first-ever Quad Cities Honor Flight to Washington D.C., enabling veterans from that war to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. "It was nice to have the Army involved in this ceremony. Some of the things the general said (about his father who was a private first class in World War II) really hit close to home for me."
For more information Moline's Military Commemorative Stone at Browning Park, visit: http://www.quadcities.com/link.asp'URL=http://www.moline.il.us/.