Silver and Decosse built the structure in their garage two years ago and placed each name on the board by hand. They estimate about 300 names are listed.
“One of the main reasons we did this is written on the bottom (of the memorial),” Decosse said.
“‘May we never forget.’
“What really bothers me today is that … unless there’s something to remind them of what we went through, they forget,” Decosse said of his as well as younger generations.
The 60-by-60-foot plot was donated to the Town of Clinton; the park opened this past spring.
Silver and Decosse still have plans for more landscaping, and the placement of a Canadian flag is in the works, as locals and many of the veterans have ancestral ties to Canada.
“It’s not only honoring the veterans, it’s honoring our families as well,” Decosse said.
A dedication ceremony at the Churubusco Veterans Memorial Park had been planned for Sept. 14 but has had to be canceled, Silver said.
The park is located on Route 189 in Churubusco, across the street from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.