Gold Star Mothers Monument Recommissioned In Dan Ryan Woods

Mike Krauser
November 08, 2018 - 1:41 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A long-forgotten monument erected in the Dan Ryan Woods on the city’s South Side 100 years ago by World War I Gold Star Mothers has been refurbished and was recommissioned Thursday, thanks in large part to the work of one South Side resident.

The monument was crumbling when Tim Noonen happened upon it five years ago while out with his kids in the Dan Ryan Woods.

“Although it was worn and battered we found it beautiful and knew it was full of history,” he said.

A plaque was missing, but a plate read Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers.

It was Noonen whose efforts led to the recommissioning.  

“I’m not a veteran, but have enormous respect for men and women in uniform and their loyalty and dedication," he said. "We’re in turbulent times right now and often feel divided as a nation and I truly believe that monuments such as these can pull us together.”

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Gold Star Mother Modie Lavin was also involved. Her son, Connor Lowery, died serving the country.

"My heart is full," she said.

Lavin said she had not seen the new monument until Thursday morning and said she walked up and came to tears.

Other Gold Star Mothers, patriot guard riders, elected officials and veterans gathered for the recommissioning ceremony at 87th and Western in the Dan Ryan Woods.