Veterans Memorial Plaza

LINK TO PROGRAM: 5/27 Dedication and Memorial Day Service

View pictures from September 21, 2018 Groundbreaking

Carol Stream Town Center suggested for Veterans Memorial Plaza Renovation

The Veterans Memorial Plaza Task Force, in partnership with Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino, the Village of Carol Stream and the Carol Stream Park District, have agreed with the suggestion that the new memorial outlined for the Memorial Park renovation project, also referred to as Veterans Memorial, be constructed at Carol Stream’s Ross Ferraro Town Center, located at the corner of Gary Avenue and Lies Road, Carol Stream.

“The significance of this Veterans Memorial reconstruction, and ultimately a beautiful plaza memorial when completed,” says Mayor Saverino, “should be at the forefront of this Village. The town center is a popular gathering place for our residents and their families, who come to listen to live music, to attend special events, or to just enjoy the fountain and scenery. The new memorial will be seen by hundreds who come to visit weekly.”

Moving the project to the more accessible and visible town center, which already has a brick plaza, electricity, flag poles and parking, will enhance the attributes of the property, named after the former mayor, Ross Ferraro.  An architect has been on site and new drawings are expected soon. “With the existing plaza in place, we may be able to decrease construction costs and arrive at our goal sooner,” says partner Carol Stream Park District Executive Director Jim Reuter.

Please contribute toward our fundraising goal of $200, 000. The Carol Stream Parks Foundation is a 501C3 organization, so your  donation is tax deductible.

Upcoming fundraising events, coordinated by the Park District and the Veterans Memorial Plaza Task Force, include Joe Cotton Ford’s Drive 4UR Community on June 9 at Joe Cotton Ford dealership,  the Fall 5K Stars & Stripes Shuffle on Sept. 30, at Armstrong Park and many others.

The Veterans Memorial Plaza Task Force includes members from the Carol Stream VFW, American Legion, Village, Park District, Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers.

Raise the Flag!

Help us “Raise the Flag”! Fundraising efforts are currently underway for the construction of the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Carol Stream Town Center. Spearheaded by Jim Benzin of the Carol Stream VFW Post 10396 and the Veterans Memorial PlazaTask Force, tax deductible donations may be made through the Carol Stream Parks Foundation at 849 W. Lies Road, Carol Stream, 60188.

Carol Stream’s Veterans Memorial Plaza “Raise the Flag” project plan includes several awe-inspiring amenities to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our community and country. Military monuments will include the American Flag, and the military flags that serve the branches of Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.


The renovation budget goal is $200,000. The originally anticipated May 2017 completion date is realized as too aggressive, so the completion date is to be determined. Help us “Raise the Flag” with your donation.

Donate to Fund The Park Renovation

Memorial Brick Program

You can become part of this special project, now and in the future when you honor a Veteran with a personalized, commemorative decorative brick paver. The purchase of a brick paver is a donation toward the construction and upkeep of Veterans Memorial Plaza, a beautiful memorial and community gathering place. Brick pavers also make ideal gifts for special holidays, military graduations, birthdays, memorials, or commemorating a special date. Businesses and patrons are also invited to support Veterans Memorial Plaza with a personalized brick.

We want to recognize all veterans and will continue to take commemorative bricks orders to be added to the Veterans Memorial Plaza periodically. Thank you for your support.

Deadline for spring installation is December 1

Deadline for fall installation is July 1.

Get A Brick

Company JEANS DAY!

We invite your local businesses to encourage employees to get involved with this project by hosting a JEANS DAY fundraiser to honor Veterans.

How it works:

  • Determine a day to organize a JEANS DAY.
  • Download a “JEANS DAY” flyer below to promote the day.
  • For a donation of either $5 or $10, allow your staff to wear JEANS for the day.
  • Increase your financial contribuiton with a COMPANY MATCH.
  • Convert any money collected into one tax-deductible check made out to:
    • Carol Stream Parks Foundation – add JEANS DAY in memo section of check.
  • Send donation to:  Carol Stream Parks Foundation, c/o Carol Stream Park District, 849 W. Lies Rd, Carol Stream, IL 60188The Carol Stream Parks Foundation is a 501c3 organization.

It’s that easy! And, it’s a fun way to honor our Veterans and support a worthwhile community cause. So help us Raise the Funds to Raise the Flag! For updates on the project, friend our Facebook page – Veterans Memorial of Carol Stream.

Thanks for your support!

$5 Jeans Day Flyer
$10 Jeans Day Flyer

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