Where we never forget ...

Since an eternal flame was lit as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices of those who fought in U.S. wars abroad nearly 25 years ago, local veterans have looked for ways to keep it growing.

Proceeds from the annual Victory for Veterans motorcycle ride — which attracts as many as 2,000 riders each September — are used to maintain and enhance the Wicker Park Veterans Memorial located at the northwest corner of Indianapolis Boulevard and Ridge Road. 

"What we're able to do is make the memorial a special place that people can recognize what others have done for our country," said North Township Trustee Frank J. Mrvan, who hosts the event with the American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association.