Cemetery Memorial for Veterans

in Bloomingdale

Also known as "Chuck Franzen's Dream"
Dedicated 19 November 2016


St. Paul Evergreen Cemetery
219 E. Lake Street, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

To our knowledge, our Memorial is the only one in the nation containing relics from all major American wars. Relic details below.






11 August 2020


Flag Day, 14 June  2021


Bloomingdale Historical Society's Rose Garden Install 5 June 2017
The Team:  Chuck Frandsen, Bill & Mary Bahr, and Rich Serenda
Follow-up:  Volunteers needed.  Contact Chuck for occasional weed-whacking, insect spraying, & watering; Bill for "Gunga Din" watering & weekly rose dead-heading and weeding out to 20 feet.
The garden has no nearby water source:  In the dead of summer, 3 each 5 gallon water cans are needed every couple days.  Want to volunteer to come on out and take some time to "smell the roses"?
Let us know!! 

How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War I

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.




Memorial Day 2017 Rifle Salute

Approximately 300 people attended 2017 Memorial Day ceremony (see photographs on Facebook). Thanks to the volunteers at Saturday's cemetery clean-up: Medals of Honor to Chuck Franzen and Cemetery Board's Steve Kreis. Distinguished Service Crosses to St. Paul's Pastor Jeremy Heitkam, Cathy Kreis, and Jeff Bergmann, and to Bloomingdale Historical Society's Bonnie Homola, Marsha Franzen, Madonna Randecker, Emil Zidek, and Bill Bahr. There and not listed, please contact Bill. Thanks to all who helped clean-up and to all those who attended the ceremony honoring our fallen. Best kept secret in Bloomingdale? To our knowledge, our Memorial is the only one in the nation containing relics from all major American wars. Relic details below.  





19 Nov 2016 Dedication Keynote Address by Bill Wolff.  Reenactors:  J Perkins (WWI), Alan Potyen (Civil War), Bill Bahr (Rev War)

Rifle/musket Salute

Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g33MgaXr_U

Approximately 100 in attendance.  Temperature 39 degrees Fahrenheit (w/o windchill) 

Monument Dedication Service held on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 1 pm, followed by refreshments.

John Ross Bench, Veteran Grave-markers, Ted Dabrowski & POW/MIA Benches,
Buried Relics from All Major American Wars, Veterans Monument, and Final Resting Place of 85 Veterans. 
Site of Bloomingdale's Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
--  A hallowed place to contemplate, meditate, and remember....

"The Things They Buried"
If you know a veteran who would like to have a very small (no more than say 1 inch cubed) military-related personal memento
buried underneath the memorial, please have them get in touch with Bill Bahr at email address below.

19 November = 153rd Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address!



Check this out: 

How to Clean Veteran Marble Grave Markers by Memorial Day

By Memorial Day website



From the October 2016 issue of the Village of Bloomingdale Almanac:

"In other news, the Bloomingdale Historical Society, along with Bloomingdale VFW Post 7539 and St. Paul Evangelical
Church will take part in a dedication ceremony of a Veterans’ Memorial to be erected in St. Paul Cemetery on Lake Street.
The Memorial is 4’ x 5’, made of black granite and is engraved on both sides with the emblems of the five branches of service.
It is a memorial dedicated to all veterans.

"The monument was purchased by the Bloomingdale Historical Society, thanks to the generous underwriting of eight individuals who immediately stepped forward when they learned of the plan. All three organizations are extremely grateful to Franco Coladipietro, Joe Salerno, Bob Czernek, John Dabrowski, Sam Tornatore, Don Puchalski, Paul Fichtner and Bridget Mondt.

"The dedication will take place during the weekend after Veterans Day. Time & exact date is not yet firm. Details will be listed on the Bloomingdale Village website, the Historical Society Facebook, as well as through the Village’s E-news. A special invitation is extended to all veterans. Refreshments will follow at St. Paul Evangelical Church."






Thank you to Senator Mark Kirk for providing a special American flag for our Cemetery Memorial dedication! 
The flag was flown over the United States Capitol on Flag Day, 14 June.  Dedication date is 19 November. 

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Use your smartphone at the cemetery to locate veteran graves.




Monument installed on September 27, 2016.  Dedication date November 19, 2016.
Monument weighs 1780 pounds. Made of "China Black" granite. Maximum Dimensions: 3 feet high, 4 feet long, 15 inches deep.
Specifics: Height: 38 inches; Length:, 36 - 48 inches (tablet, base); Deep: 8-15 inches (tablet, base).  Pole is 20 feet high. 



May 30, 2016 is the 150th Anniversary of Memorial Day!



Artist rendition and progress with mock-up as of end of April 2016.
Pad and  benches donated by Bloomingdale VFW Post 7539.
Monument donated by the Bloomingdale Historical Society.

12 May effort:

Chuck Franzen


30 May 2016 -- Memorial Day

Monument ordered & to be in place by 11 November 2016, Veterans Day.

VFW member Bill Bahr with Josephine and John Dabrowski behind bench honoring
Ted Dabrowski (RIP), long-time honor-guard flag-raiser and VFW Post 7539 benefactor.


     In remembrance     


Memorial Day 2007

Fact sheet about the Fallen in America's Wars


Buried at the Memorial is a collection of relics from all major American wars.








Saint Augustine - Pre-Revolutionary



Fort Necessity, PA  -  French and Indian War



Battle Stony Point, NY -- Revolutionary War



Battle of Kings Mountain, SC -- Revolutionary War



West Point Chain --  George Washington's "Key of America"  -- Revolutionary War


Mount Vernon, VA, home of George Washington -- Revolutionary War



Yorktown, VA, British Surrender; Hamilton Storming Redoubt 10 -- Revolutionary War



Siege of Vincennes, IN -- Revolutionary War



Burning of Washington, DC (Marine Corps Barracks) -- War of 1812



Battle of Tippecanoe (Lafayette, IN) -- War of 1812



Battle of Waterloo (Belgium; British loyalist Americans (eg., Wellington's Chief of Staff, William De Lancey) -- Napoleonic Wars




Queretaro, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterey (Mexico)  -- Mexican American War 



Battle of Chancellorsville, VA -- Civil War



Battle of Manila Bay, Philippines -- Spanish American War



Battle of San Juan Hill, Cuba --  Spanish American War


Battle of the Somme, France -- WWI


Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, DC -- WWI thru Iraq War



Utah Beach, Normandy, France  -- WWII



DeMilitarized Zone (DMZ), Panmunjom, Korea --  Korean War ("Conflict")



Berlin Wall, Germany -- Cold War



Phan Tiet, Vietnam -- Vietnam War



War on Terror, Pentagon, Washington, DC -- Vietnam War



Afghanistan and Iraq Wars -- Memorial in London, England




Photos of individual items on Facebook:  Cemetery Memorial for Veterans

American was Wellington's Chief of Staff at Waterloo

By Veterans Day 2016, we are considering burying another collection from the community of very small war relics. 
If interested in donating relatively indestructible relics (no photographs), please contact the webmaster: 

Possibility of flagpole lighting fundraiser is being investigated.


If in the impression below you can see a camouflaged crowd at our Memorial Day ceremony,
please scan and "like" us on Facebook!   : )

Note:  you can also find this QR Code on the back of the bench honoring John Ross:

John Ross bench from rear (note QR code which links mobile phone to Facebook, also linked to this website with grave locations)


                        John Ross Family, 2014  (John Ross (RIP), former commander & bench donor)                                                   Otto Knapp grave with veteran gravemarker, 2008                 



Dedication of bench for Bill Wolff by grateful neighbor Maryann Falco and family. 
16 December 2016


Facebook Link to St. Paul Evergreen Cemetery

Veterans in St. Paul Evergreen Cemetery
219 E. Lake Street, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
(East and West Sides)





East Side Cemetery


West Side Cemetery 



Honoring the past, protecting the future.  Memorial Day 2012.





Cemetery Memorial for Veterans in Bloomingdale





Monument installed on September 27, 2016. 
Dedication date November 19, 2016.
St. Paul Evergreen Cemetery
219 E. Lake Street, Bloomingdale, IL 60108



Relics from these wars/engagements
(Images and descriptions from Wikipedia)

Castillo de San Marcos:  1672-1695  

  St. Augustine, FL

When Britain gained control of Florida in 1763 pursuant to the Treaty of Paris, St. Augustine became the capital of British East Florida, and the fort was renamed Fort St. Mark.   Castillo de San Marcos was attacked several times and twice besieged: first by English colonial forces led by Carolina Colony Governor James Moore in 1702, and then by English Georgia colonial Governor James Oglethorpe in 1740, but was never taken by force. However, possession of the fort has changed six times, all peaceful, among four different governments: Spain, 1695–1763 and 1783–1821, Kingdom of Great Britain, 1763–1783, and the United States of America), 1821–date (during 1861–1865, under control of the Confederate States of America).

Under United States control the fort was used as a military prison to incarcerate members of Native American tribes starting with the Seminole—including the famous war chief, Osceola, in the Second Seminole War—and members of western tribes, including Geronimo's band of Chiricahua Apache. The Native American art form known as Ledger Art had its origins at the fort during the imprisonment of members of the Plains tribes such as Howling Wolf of the southern Cheyenne.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield is a National Battlefield Site in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States, which preserves the site of the Battle of Fort Necessity. The battle, which took place on July 3, 1754, was an early battle of the French and Indian War, and resulted in the surrender of British colonial forces under Colonel George Washington, to the French and Indians, under Louis Coulon de Villiers.

The site also includes the Mount Washington Tavern, once one of the inns along the National Road, and in two separate units the grave of British General Edward Braddock, killed in 1755, and the site of the Battle of Jumonville Glen.


 Battle of Stony Point (NY) took place on July 16, 1779, during the American Revolutionary War. In a well planned and executed nighttime attack, a highly trained select group of George Washington's Continental Army troops under the command of Brigadier General "Mad Anthony" Wayne defeated British troops in a quick and daring assault on their outpost in Stony Point, New York, approximately 30 mi (48 km) north of New York City.

The Battle of Kings Mountain (SC) was a military engagement between Patriot and Loyalist militias in South Carolina during the Southern Campaign of the American Revolutionary War, resulting in a decisive victory for the Patriots. The battle took place on October 7, 1780, 9 miles (14 km) south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina in what is now rural Cherokee County, South Carolina, where the Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson of the 71st Foot. The battle has been described as "the war’s largest all-American fight".[3]

West Point   The Continental Army first occupied West Point, New York, on 27 January 1778,[8] and it is the oldest continuously operating Army post in the United States.[9] Between 1778 and 1780, the Polish engineer and military hero Tadeusz Kościuszko oversaw the construction of the garrison defenses.[10] The Great Hudson River Chain and high ground above the narrow "S" curve in the river enabled the Continental Army to prevent British Royal Navy ships from sailing upriver and thus dividing the Colonies.[11][12] While the fortifications at West Point were known as Fort Arnold during the war, as commander, Benedict Arnold committed his act of treason, attempting to sell the fort to the British.[13][14] After Arnold betrayed the patriot cause, the Army changed the name of the fortifications at West Point, New York, to Fort Clinton.[13] With the peace after the American Revolutionary War, various ordnance and military stores were left deposited at West Point.[15]   The United States Military Academy was founded there in 1802. 

Mount Vernon  Mount Vernon was the plantation of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and his wife, Martha Washington. The estate is situated on the banks of the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria, across from Prince George's County, Maryland. The Washington family owned land in the area since the time of Washington's great-grandfather in 1674. Around 1734 they embarked on an expansion of the estate that continued under George Washington, who began leasing the estate in 1754, but did not become its sole owner until 1761.[3]

The Siege of Yorktown, also known as the Battle of Yorktown, the surrender at Yorktown, or the German Battle, ending on October 19, 1781, at Yorktown, Virginia, was a decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental Army troops led by General George Washington and French Army troops led by the Comte de Rochambeau over a British army commanded by British peer and Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis. The culmination of the Yorktown campaign, the siege proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War in the North American region, as the surrender by Cornwallis, and the capture of both him and his army, prompted the British government to negotiate an end to the conflict. The battle boosted faltering American morale and revived French enthusiasm for the war, as well as undermining popular support for the conflict in Great Britain.[6]

The Siege of Fort Vincennes (also known as the Siege of Fort Sackville or the Battle of Vincennes) 23-25 February 1779) was a Revolutionary War frontier battle fought in present-day Vincennes, Indiana won by a militia led by American commander George Rogers Clark over a British garrison led by Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton. Roughly half of Clark's militia were Canadien volunteers sympathetic to the American cause. After a daring wintertime march, the small American force was able to force the British to surrender the fort and in a larger frame the Illinois territory.

Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. is located at the corner of 8th and I Streets, Southeast in Washington, D.C. Established in 1801, it is a National Historic Landmark, the oldest post in the United States Marine Corps, the official residence of the Commandant of the Marine Corps since 1806, and main ceremonial grounds of the Corps. It is also home to the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps ("The Commandant's Own") and the U.S. Marine Band ("The President's Own"). Barracks Marines conduct ceremonial missions in and around the National Capital Region as well as abroad. They also provide security at designated locations around Washington, D.C. as necessary, carry out the distance education and training program of the Marine Corps through the Marine Corps Institute, and Barracks officers are part of the White House Social Aide Program.

The Battle of Tippecanoe (/ˌtɪpikəˈnuː/ TIP-ee-kə-NOO) was fought on November 7, 1811 in Battle Ground, Indiana (Lafayette) between American forces led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory and Indian forces associated with Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa (commonly known as "The Prophet"), leaders of a confederacy of various tribes who opposed settlement of the American West. As tensions and violence increased, Governor Harrison marched with an army of about 1,000 men to disperse the confederacy's headquarters at Prophetstown, near the confluence of the Tippecanoe River and the Wabash River.

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in Belgium, part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands at the time. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: A British-led coalition consisting of units from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick and Nassau, under the command of the Duke of Wellington, referred to by many authors as the Anglo-allied army or Wellington's army, and a Prussian army under the command of Field Marshal von Blücher, referred also as Blücher's army. The battle marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

The Battle for Mexico City refers to the series of engagements from September 8 to September 15, 1847, in the general vicinity of Mexico City during the Mexican–American War. Included are major actions at the battles of Molino del Rey and Chapultepec, culminating with the fall of Mexico City. The U.S. Army under Winfield Scott scored a major success that ended the war.

The Battle of Monterey, at Monterey, California, occurred on 7 July 1846, during the Mexican–American War. The United States captured the town unopposed.

The Battle of Chancellorsville was a major battle of the American Civil War (1861–1865), and the principal engagement of the Chancellorsville campaign.[13] It was fought from April 30 to May 6, 1863, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near the village of Chancellorsville. Two related battles were fought nearby on May 3 in the vicinity of Fredericksburg. The campaign pitted Union Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker's Army of the Potomac against an army less than half its size, General Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

Destruction at the Walled City (Intramuros district) of old Manila in May 1945 — after the Battle of Manila.

The Battle of Manila (Filipino: Labanan sa Maynila; 3 February – 3 March 1945) was a major battle of the Philippine campaign of 1944–45, during the Second World War. It was fought by American forces from both the U.S. mainland and the Philippines against Japanese troops in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. The month-long battle, which resulted in the death of over 100,000 civilians and the complete devastation of the city, was the scene of the worst urban fighting in the Pacific theater. Japanese forces committed mass murder against Filipino civilians during the battle. Along with massive loss of life, the battle also destroyed architectural and cultural heritage dating back to the city's founding, and Manila became one of the most devastated capital cities during the entire war, alongside Berlin and Warsaw. The battle ended the almost three years of Japanese military occupation in the Philippines (1942–1945). The city's capture was marked as General Douglas MacArthur's key to victory in the campaign of reconquest. It is the last of the many battles fought within Manila's history.


The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British Empire and French Third Republic against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies. More than three million men fought in the battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.[7]

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC)—known as Walter Reed General Hospital (WRGH) until 1951—was the U.S. Army's flagship medical center from 1909 to 2011. Located on 113 acres (46 ha) in the District of Columbia, it served more than 150,000 active and retired personnel from all branches of the military. The center was named after Major Walter Reed (1851–1902), an Army physician who led the team that confirmed that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes rather than direct contact.

Normandy Invasion (Utah Beach).  The Western Allies of World War II launched the largest amphibious invasion in history when they attacked German positions at Normandy, located on the northern coast of France, on 6 June 1944. The invaders were able to establish a beachhead as part of Operation Overlord after a successful "D-Day", the first day of the invasion.

Allied land forces came from the United States, Britain, Canada, and Free French forces. In the weeks following the invasion, Polish forces and contingents from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece and the Netherlands participated in the ground campaign; most also provided air and naval support alongside elements of the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the Royal Norwegian Navy.[3][4]


The Cold War was a period of geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and the United States and their respective allies, the Eastern Bloc and the Western Bloc, after World War II. The period is generally considered to span the 1947 Truman Doctrine to the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union. The term "cold" is used because there was no large-scale fighting directly between the two superpowers, but they each supported major regional conflicts known as proxy wars. The conflict was based around the ideological and geopolitical struggle for global influence by the two powers, following their temporary alliance and victory against Nazi Germany in 1945.[1][2] The doctrine of mutually assured destruction (MAD) discouraged a pre-emptive attack by either side. Aside from the nuclear arsenal development and conventional military deployment, the struggle for dominance was expressed via indirect means such as psychological warfare, propaganda campaigns, espionage, far-reaching embargoes, rivalry at sports events and technological competitions such as the Space Race.


The Korean War (in South Korean KoreanHanjaRR: "Korean War"; in North Korean "Fatherland Liberation War"; 25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953)[45][46][c] was a war between North Korea (with the support of China and the Soviet Union) and South Korea (with the support of the United Nations, principally from the United States). The war began on 25 June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea.[48][49][50][51]


The Vietnam War (Vietnamese: Chiến tranh Việt Nam), also known as the Second Indochina War,[58] and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America (Vietnamese: Kháng chiến chống Mỹ) or simply the American War, was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955[A 1] to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.[13] It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China,[17] and other communist allies; South Vietnam was supported by the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies.[59][60] The war, considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some,[61] lasted 19 years, with direct U.S. involvement ending in 1973, and included the Laotian Civil War and the Cambodian Civil War, which ended with all three countries becoming communist in 1975.

The Gulf War[b] (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991), (aka Iraq I) codenamed Operation Desert Shield (2 August 1990 – 17 January 1991) for operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia and Operation Desert Storm (17 January 1991 – 28 February 1991) in its combat phase, was a war waged by coalition forces from 35 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait arising from oil pricing and production disputes.


The War on Terror, also known as the Global War on Terrorism, is an international military campaign launched by the United States government after the September 11 attacks.[42] The targets of the campaign are primarily Sunni Islamic fundamentalist armed groups located throughout the Muslim world, with the most prominent groups being Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, the Taliban, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, and the various franchise groups of the former two organizations. The naming of the campaign uses a metaphor of war to refer to a variety of actions that do not constitute a specific war as traditionally defined. U.S. president George W. Bush first used the term "war on terrorism" on 16 September 2001,[43][44] and then "war on terror" a few days later in a formal speech to Congress.[45][46] In the latter speech, George Bush stated, "Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them."[46][47] The term was originally used with a particular focus on countries associated with al-Qaeda. The term was immediately criticised by such people as Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and more nuanced terms subsequently came to be used by the Bush administration to publicly define the international campaign led by the U.S.[42] While it was never used as a formal designation of U.S. operations in internal government documentation,[48] a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal was issued.

The War in Afghanistan, code named Operation Enduring Freedom (2001–14) and Operation Freedom's Sentinel (2015–present),[56][57] followed the United States invasion of Afghanistan[58] of 7 October 2001, when the United States of America and its allies successfully drove the Taliban from power in order to deny al-Qaeda a safe base of operations in Afghanistan.[59][60] Since the initial objectives were completed, a coalition of over 40 countries (including all NATO members) formed a security mission in the country. The war has since mostly involved US and allied Afghan government troops battling Taliban insurgents.[61] The war in Afghanistan is the longest war in US history.

The Iraq War[nb 1] (aka Iraq II) was a protracted armed conflict that began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition that overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein. The conflict continued for much of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government.[55] An estimated 151,000 to 600,000 Iraqis were killed in the first three to four years of conflict. US troops were officially withdrawn in 2011. However, following the spread of the Syrian Civil War and the territorial gains of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Obama administration decided to redeploy US forces to Iraq in 2014. Many former soldiers are employed by defence contractors and private military companies.[56][57] The U.S. became re-involved in 2014 at the head of a new coalition; the insurgency and many dimensions of the civil armed conflict continue. The invasion occurred as part of the George W. Bush administration's War on Terror, following the September 11 attacks.[58]



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