Sunday, February 04, 2001

Veterans memorial on target

Sharonville officials expect to dedicate project this fall

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SHARONVILLE — Plans to build a veterans memorial off Thornview Drive are on target and groundbreaking has been scheduled for April 29. city officials announced last week.

        The Sharonville Patriot Pointe Veterans Memorial ""is a wonderful project, not only for Sharonville, but as a regional memorial.

        It will be located next to the regional branch of the Public Library” of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Mayor Virgil Lovitt said.

        The city has committed $400,000 and bids are expected to be a bit higher, but city officials are committed to funding the construction cost of the project, the mayor said. Dedication is set for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

        A separate committee, chaired by Councilman Bill Lewis, is leading the drive to generate about $200,000 in donations for a memorial sculpture, plaques honoring the veterans of American wars, flags and flagpoles.

        Mayor Lovitt said the committee has about $100,000 in cash and pledges from corporate donors, civic and professional organizations, and individuals.

        Mr. Lewis said the committee is selling engraved bricks as part of the memorial at $50 each.

        Mayor Lovitt said he expects the $200,000 goal to be reached by March. Already the city has received $15,000 from the Sharonville Fire Department Club, composed of present and retired firefighters, and another $15,000 from the Ford Motor Co.'s Sharonville transmission plant.

        Scott Brooks, president of the fire department club, presented the donation to city officials last week. “We felt that this was an important opportunity to show our gratitude to all veterans,” he said.

        The money was generated through club participation in community's annual summer event, Sharonfest; a golf outing, and the fire department's summer festival.


               Make checks payable to: Sharonville Veterans Memorial Fund Inc. and mail to Christine Pope, Sharonville City Hall, 10900 Reading Road, Sharonville 45241.

        For information: Bill Lewis, 769-3840.


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