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VFW Cantigny Post new roof donated

Volunteer Roofers and Local Contractors Give Time & Material

11/12/2018, 12:36 p.m.
With winter coming and a leaky roof that was decades old, the Cantigny VFW Post 367 was in a tight ...

With winter coming and a leaky roof that was decades old, the Cantigny VFW Post 367 was in a tight spot. A job that would cost upwards of $15,000 just wasn’t in the budget. But the veterans who call Cantigny home were certainly in the hearts of the community.

Between October 27 and November 2 the Post had a brand new roof installed compliments of local labor and business, with all labor and materials donated.

It all started months ago when Post Commander Lou Smith told Joliet District 1 Councilman Larry Hug about the dire need for a new roof on the iconic Horseshoe Dr. building. Hug in turn began to organize by contacting Three Rivers Construction Alliance Executive Director Tom White, Will-Grundy Building Trades President Doc Gregory and Roofers’ Local #11 Business Manager Gary Menzel to hatch a plan to help our veterans.

“It was important to me to do this for the veterans who have done so much for the rest of us,” Hug said.

“Our roof had been leaking in four places for the last three years,” explained Commander Smith, “the roof should have been replaced five years ago but we couldn’t afford the expense.”

After some joint planning and at the conclusion of the busy roofing season, more than thirty roofers showed up October 27 to volunteer their time and install the roofing materials that were donated through the Construction Alliance. Because of the generosity of the community, Cantigny will be around for another fifty years hosting wedding receptions, private parties and the many events the community has relied on the Post for decades.

“Our dreams have come true,” said Commander Smith, “through the generous donations of everyone who came out.”