Brick sale continues for Motorcycle Riders Memorial
September 28, 2010 1 Comment
The stars on either side of the bricks signify the motorcycle rider died from injuries sustained in a crash.
Jim Fleeman, Motorcycle Riders Memorial of Illinois founder and president, said the bricks will grace the walls of the memorial under construction. Bricks are now available.
The memorial is located at the intersection of Routes 154 and 37.
Fleeman said the widow of a motorcyclist was the first to purchase a brick.
“Jim Emanuelson’s wife heard about the memorial and sent us a large donation,” he said. “I received a nice thank-you letter from her, along with a $300 donation. I held out $100 at her request to purchase the first brick. I told her I wouldn’t sell bricks until the walls were up.”
MRM member Gary Conrady purchased a brick in memory of his mother, Shirley Millner.
“Mom died as a result of her injuries from a motorcycle crash on Sept. 15, 1998,” he said. “The six of us went in together to purchase the brick. I gave mom a Pinto made into a three-wheeled motorcycle before she lost her life. My brothers and sisters Joseph Greenawald, James, John and Jody, and my sister Julie Ann Fleeman wanted to honor our mother’s memory.”
Fleeman said Bill Venture donated the land for the memorial.
“Sen. Gary Forby donated a thousand dollars, Wiggs Excavating did the site work and Steve Poyner knocked $800 off the cost of the concrete work as a donation,” he said. “Chapter 27 ABATE has donated toward the memorial, as well as the Freedom Riders (ABATE) chapter, who gave a $500 donation. Black Diamond Harley-Davidson also gave a $500 donation in memory of Buster Zimbro. Buster’s brick also has two stars signifying he died as the result of a motorcycle crash.”
Joe Nuss serves as vice president, secretary and treasurer, Frank Caruso is chaplain and trustees are Robert Kraus and Leon Kraus.
“Leon gives me a donation toward the MRM memorial just about every time I see him,” Fleeman said.
He said plans are under way to form a brick committee.
“We have meetings planned to work on next year’s curriculum that includes a polar bear run in February, a meet and greet in March, and an April meeting to plan for our big event slated for June 3 through 5,” Fleeman said. “We participated in a swap meet and conducted a poker run on Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the memorial.”
He said officers will be elected in December.
For more information or to donate, visit http://www.mrmofil.org. Monetary donations may be made to P.O. Box 1285, Benton, IL 62812.