Harlem High School students building grill for Tennessee lodge

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MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) - A class project will soon have a permanent home at a Tennessee lodge for veterans as a way to honor a fallen Marine killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Welding students at Harlem High School will spend the rest of this school year building a $15,000 grill that will be installed at the Darkhorse Lodge in Tennessee.

The lodge, dedicated to Byron grad Alec Catherwood and 25 other Marines killed in action, is designed to help veterans cope once they return home.

Harlem teacher Bill Duncan says he wants his students to be aware of the problems our veterans face and says the grill is just a way for them to show support.

"The suicide rates for our vets is way too high. So Gretchen and Kirk are putting together the lodge for men and women to get away to be with people who have been through what they've been through and just relax," says Duncan.

Duncan says this is the 15th grill his students have built over the years. Many of those have been given to the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS.