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Residents are invited help decorate Christmas tree Veterans Park Sugar Grove.

Residents are invited to help decorate the Christmas tree at Veterans Park in Sugar Grove.

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Updated: January 17, 2013 6:32AM

SUGAR GROVE — Veterans in Sugar Grove are using this holiday season to pay special tribute to members of the armed forces.

Members of Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271 were given a Christmas tree from American Tree and Turf. They decided to make the tree part of the village’s Veterans Memorial Park and are asking residents to help decorate the tree.

The tree is standing at the front of the park and has lights, ornaments and red ribbons. Right in front of the tree is the American Flag.

“The public is encouraged to donate an ornament of their own, hang it themselves to start what we hope will be an ongoing tradition,” said Cliff Barker, a Legion member who spearheaded the drive for the Veterans Memorial Park.

Barker said at the end of the season, the ornaments would be removed, and stored for next year. In the spring the tree will be permanently planted in Veterans Park.

Plans for the park began late last year with the final 99-year lease being agreed upon by Sugar Grove officials this past spring. The park is on Main Street, just northwest of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks.

Plans for the site show flagpoles for all five branches of the U.S. military, parking space and various areas for monuments and memorials.

Ceremonial bricks are currently on sale for $50 and allow family members to pay tribute to their relatives who served in the military.

Barker invited families to put a personal touch on the Veterans Park tree.

“Feel free to personalize your ornament with your family’s name or words of encouragement. This is a public display and you are free to place your ornament on the tree anytime during the month,” Barker said.

Plans call for the park to be completed with a dedication during the 2013 Corn Boil summer celebration.

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