Residents of the village of Gurnee, Ill., simply wanted to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, leaving behind wives, children and extended family and friends — and then they ran into Mayor Kristy Kovarik.
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, people in and around the Chicagoland town of 32,000 have buried seven of their beloved men who died while wearing the uniforms of their country on faraway battlefields: Sgt. Edward G. Davis III, 31, Marine Corps; Sgt. Jason C. Denfrund, 24, Army; Spc. Joseph W. Dimock II, 21, Army; Capt. Shane R. Mahaffee, 36, Army; LCpl. Sean P. Maher, 19, Marine Corps; PFC Geoffrey S. Morris, 19, Marine Corps; and Army Spc. Wesley Wells, 21.
For nearly three years, Gold Star Dad Kirk Morris has been engaged in a legal fight, the goal of which is to construct a public memorial that will be known as the Heroes of Freedom Memorial and serve to honor men like those listed above, including his son Geoffrey, who died in combat in Iraq on Palm Sunday, April 4, 2004.
Sadly, Morris finds himself up against Mayor Kovarik in a battle that makes little sense.
On Jan. 4, 2010, soon after Kovarik took office as the new mayor, she vetoed a development agreement between the village and the PFC Geoffrey Morris Memorial Foundation, founded by Kirk Morris, that had been approved by a 5-0 vote of Gurnee’s board. In response, officials with the foundation filed suit, seeking monetary damages from the city. The foundation had, after all, spent a sizable amount of money to develop the site in preparation for construction.
When the case finally appeared on the verge of going to trial July 13, attorneys representing Gurnee raised two settlement options with their counterparts representing the foundation. Important to note, neither option presented was conditional or subject to further approval by the board or the mayor.
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Thank You so very much for posting this horrendous story. These Gold Star Families should not have to suffer a maicious fool such as this Mayor, they have suffered enough! Please post this story and forward to folks on your lists!
The Band of Mothers
What an absolute shame that a village cannot place a memorial to honor its war dead, those brave men and women who gave their lives for their country and their village without someone opposing it. You would think that the Mayor would be proud to honor the residents of Gurnee who made such a great contribution and sacrafice to keep this nation free.
God help us get past people in positions of authority that have no heart, no patriotic feelings, no love or gratitude for sacrifice, no heart for suffering families. Evil comes in many forms and this Mayor reflects a purposeful step to create evil...God allows these people to exist in hope of conversion.......but for how long?
Not long after the election Harry. When they see the utter disgust with which the vast majority of We the People hold this kind of person (I certainly do not want to call her a leader for she certainly is not) and especially this Democrat controlled National Socialist Party but especially this Muslim Pretender, I truly believe they will start running for the holes they crawled out of back in 2007. And when the Supremes find out just how angry we are with their complicit performance of late they too will have to take stock of their positions. I am of the firm belief that virtually all of the Democrats and Republican leadership should resign right after the elections and quickly retreat to their holes also.
What I am most concerned about though is how we are going to quickly right so many wrongs done to our country in these past almost four years. No I am not blaming George Bush, I am blaming We the People for not being more vigilent especially given all the red flags flying in our faces. Get with it people, lets get out there and do more than just talk about it.
WHY DON'T THEY RECALL THE BONE HEAD ( HINT, HINT ).