PFC Steven Ford, US Army, who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11/67 in Vietnam. While on patrol he took the lead of his comrades and was killed by hostile enemy fire.
Originally constructed in Bolingbrook to honor Steven Ford’s memory and sacrifice. Over time the memorial fell into major disrepair due to neglect and vandalism.
To restore the memorial and its pledge “We Will Never Forget”.
Assemble a team of local volunteers. Create a professional design. Secure the funding. Complete the project.
Salute the Armed Forces in conjunction with the VFW, assembled volunteers including combat veterans from three war eras, including disabled veterans. This project was instrumental in helping transition two Iraq war veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For example one veteran progressed from total isolation to now being enrolled in college, seeking an active career in firefighting. Another has become a valuable resource for helping other veterans with similar combat related issues. This memorial to Steven Ford has become a source of pride for the community and is visited regularly by busloads of school children.