Registration is still open for the Haas Tour to benefit the Veterans Memorial

HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR, IL – Registration is underway for a walking tour of Homewood’s Richard Haas Mural Collection, to be held July 31 with proceeds going to the Flossmoor Veterans Wall of Honor Project .

The tour, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will begin from Martin Square at the corner of Martin Avenue and Ridge Road and end at the Homewood Veterans’ Memorial on Harwood Avenue and Olive Road. The effort is organized by the 501c3 organization Flossmoor Veterans’ Memorial, Inc.

The 2.5-mile tour will be led by FVM member Kristine Condon, whose 2020 publication, Richard Haas Murals in Homewood, is the recipient of the Illinois State Historical Society’s 2022 Superior Achievement Award. Participants will stop by each of Haas’ 15 murals, designed in the trompe l’oeil style, and focus on the details that bring the murals to life.

They will also get a quick history lesson on other places, businesses and stories along the
road that are part of Homewood’s rich history. All proceeds will go directly
the group’s efforts to build a Veterans’ Wall of Honor at Flossmoor.

“Homewood and Flossmoor have been neighbours, friends and partners for nearly 100 years,” said retired Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun, who is now FVM President. “This event is a great way to raise community awareness of public art, support our efforts to return a Veterans Wall of Honor to Flossmoor, and take a few steps on a beautiful Sunday morning.”

In September 2021, FVM launched its $100,000 fundraising campaign to build and maintain a memorial to Flossmoor veterans. In partnership with the Village of Flossmoor, FVM proposes to construct the Veterans Wall of Honor on a 9,500 square foot parcel north of Flossmoor Road and east of the Metra/CN tracks.

The official memorial will be a more permanent tribute than the one Braun remembers, which dates back to shortly after World War II. Residents at the time built a temporary memorial – a wooden crate, with the names of veterans who had served in macaroni letters. This memorial “disintegrated,” Braun said, and it was never properly replaced. Braun started this business during his time as mayor and continued to carry it out.
“Our mission is to recognize Flossmoor veterans who have served the community so well over the decades, Braun told Patch.

Designed by Flossmoor Architect Michael Matthys, the Wall of Honor will honor all current and former residents of Flossmoor who serve or have served in our nation’s armed forces.

The price of the visit is $25 for adults ($50 for a visit and a copy of the book), $10 for children 6 to 12 years old and children under 6 free. Registrations are limited to 50 walkers and a disclaimer will be required.

FVM will also have other items available for donation on July 31, including limited-edition challenge coins and the “Historic Flossmoor Sites” coloring book created by FVM Vice President Dick Condon. Condon, a Korean War veteran who moved to Flossmoor in 1932, has hand-drawn copies of 16 historic Flossmoor photographs.

“We will keep residents informed of our fundraising goals,” Braun said. We welcome all donations and greatly appreciate the support of the community.”

Other fundraising and communications subcommittee leaders and members include John Beele, Kristine Condon, Flossmoor Village Trustee Brian Driscoll, Jim Fornaciari, Josh Grenard, Robert Guilfoyle, Phil Lee, Flossmoor Village Clerk Gina LoGalbo, Tony Manos , Greg Mitchell, Erich Stockwell, and Calvin Young. Flossmoor Mayor Michelle Nelson is an ex-officio member of the committee.

To register, go to https://flossmoorvets.square.s…

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