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Large donation pays for Gulf War memorial in Freeport

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By Marissa Sherer

FREEPORT (WREX) - All Veterans' Memorial Park in Freeport honors servicemen and women from Stephenson County, but a large donation from a Rockford man gives the park a much needed addition.

After visiting All Veterans' Memorial Park, Scott Williamson, a Gulf War vet, noticed something was missing.

"I asked where the Gulf War memorial site was, and they said they didn't have one. I asked why not, and they said it's because of contributions," Williamson said.

So he decided to donate the $10,000 it costs to make and install one of the granite walls.

"It was great finding him to do that, it helped us immensely," All Veterans' Memorial Park Board President Clyde Fruth said.

"I went there expecting to donate $500 and ended up with a granite wall. I think it's a good thing, I think its positive for everybody," Williamson said.

On top of helping the park, Williamson made a more personal donation. Someone there told him about Lisa Otto's son, Specialist Norman Cain III, who died in Iraq last year.

 

"What a tragedy to lose your 21 year old son, so I was just moved to donate some work for her house," Williamson said.

Otto needed some new windows so Williamson, who owns Window World of Rockford, installed them for free.

"I just think it's important to support people in the military that protect us and our freedom. For me it's just a way of giving back and showing support," Williamson said.

Fruth sums it up with a quote displayed at the memorial, "a country that does not honor its veterans will soon not be a country."

Specialist Cain's family says they're very grateful for Williamson's help. The granite wall honoring gulf war veterans will be installed within the next few weeks.

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