The Greenview WWI Monument Arch will be rededicated at the 50th Annual Labor Day Celebration on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 11:30 a.m., immediately following the community church service in the community park.
The restoration of the 100-year-old memorial arch, donated to the community by Homer J. Tice in 1920, has been made possible through generous donations from residents, community organizations, former residents, concerned individuals and a grant from Landmarks Illinois, a nonprofit organization that works to save historic structures and places. Landmarks Illinois’ World War I Monument Preservation Grant Program was made possible through the generous support from the Pritzker Military Foundation. The donations and grant money, totaling $15,320.00, has provided funds for the work needed on this landmark in the park.
The work has been accomplished by Doug Flanders of Elite Masonry, Petersburg, IL and his team of workers. The process of restoring the monument involved several extensive steps. It was pressure washed, the mortar ground out of all the joints, over 400 brick added to replace the many damaged or lost brick and finally repointing the joints to bring it back to its original appearance. The last step is a masonry wash and a waterproofing treatment which will help this structure withstand another 100 years. The pictures above show a worker grinding out the old mortar and the second picture is of Doug inspecting an area in need of repointing.
Along with the restoration of the arch, the concrete sidewalk that surrounds the arch will be replaced with new concrete. This work is made possible by Janssen Concrete and volunteers who wish to replace the broken and unsightly sidewalk with a new sidewalk surrounding the arch.
Mayor Dan Horn and village board members will preside at the rededication ceremony at 11:30 a.m., September 2nd. The Greenview Amvets honor guard will give a 21 gun salute and a representative from Landmarks Illinois and the Pritzker Military Foundation has been invited to attend. Plan to be present and witness a revival of an important landmark to the community of Greenview.
The Greenview Village Board is pleased to have been able to make this happen for the residents of the Greenview community. Many thanks to all those who have worked to see the WWI Memorial Arch completed.