There are plenty of spots to honor our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day in western New York. The DeGlopper Memorial Park on Grand Island included. It isn't expected to be complete for another year. Still, relatives of the park's namesake say it's every bit as inspirational.
Nine flags flying high above the park mark the latest addition. they were raised for the first time Saturday.
“It's very inspirational,” said Raymond DeGlopper. He is the nephew of the park’s namesake.
Army private first-class Charlie DeGlopper died June 9th, 1944. He gave his life saving his platoon during World War II.
“It's because he cared. He was looking out for the members of his platoon,’ Raymond said.
“He set a really high bar for what a hero is. So, I think a lot of that,” added Earl DeGlopper. Earl is second cousins with Charlie.
The park will eventually have additional pavers with the names written of Grand Island veterans. There are also plans to add more plaques that detail the stories of Grand Island servicemen killed in action. And, a statue of DeGlopper holding his rifle will eventually stand at the center of the park.
The park price tag is about $750,000. Ray said they've raised a good chunk. But, he couldn’t give an exact dollar figure. He said they still haven't reached their goal.
“We need money. There's no question about it. We need money.”
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