ROCHELLE — Treasurer Lydia Roberts and President Chuck Roberts of the Rochelle Veterans War Memorial Association recently worked with the engraving contractor, Jeremy James, from Moore Monuments to layout locations for bricks to be engraved at the Rochelle Veterans War Memorial in Lawnridge Cemetery this fall.
Each year, in the spring and fall, the brick engraver is called out to engrave bricks that had been ordered prior to the cut-off date. The brick locations are selected randomly to form a uniform distribution of the engraved bricks. In some instances an engraved brick is requested to be next to another brick and this is accommodated, when practical. The brick installation process is as follows: The Rochelle Veterans War Memorial Association receives a check for $75 and an order form with the name of the veteran, rank and time of service. The order information is transcribed to a .pdf and sent to the engraver for making stencils. The stencil layouts are reviewed and approved by the War Memorial Association. The engraver places the stencils on various bricks at the memorial and sandblasts the verbiage for each brick in place. The engraver then applies the paint to highlight the engraved letters. There are 871 bricks currently engraved out of the 5,000 placed at the memorial. If a brick order was received prior to the cut-off date of Sept. 15, it is being installed at this time. An updated alphabetical list of engraved bricks and their locations is posted at the directory sign at the north side of the memorial. Brick order forms are available on the City of Rochelle website at https://www.cityofrochelle.net/community-documents/3219-rochelle-veterans-war-memorial-rev007/file.html and also may be picked up at the Rochelle VFW.