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The new memorial in the New Lenox Commons features a bench, an angel statute, a cement heart and a cement plaque in a garden to honor those students who lost their lives while in school or shortly after graduating. PHOTO SUBMITTED
This new bench is featured in the Commons to honor the students who lost their life during school or shortly after graduation. Photos by Sean Hastings/22ndCenturyMedia
An angel is in the memorial garden sleeping on a pile of books to also honor those students from all New Lenox schools.
A plaque in the garden includes lyrics from "Train's" "When I Look to the Sky. The song was also sang by two former students at a balloon memorial in 2012 which kick started the whole idea for a memorial in the Commons.
(From left to right): Megan Applegate, mayor Tim Baldermann, memorial creator Kim Phillips, cornerstone jewelry's Gina Blaha and New Lenox Village facilities and grounds supervisor Matt Flynn pose for a photo in front of the new memorial bench in the Commons.
A photo from a past balloon memorial hosted by Kim Phillips where balloons were let go into the sky color coded for each school to honor those students who have lost their lives.
Sean Hastings, Editor
8:00 am CDT May 8, 2019
A new memorial bench and garden now has its place in the New Lenox Commons forever to remember students and faculty who died while in school or shortly after graduation.