Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Memorial campaign under way

Group raising money for honor to Mason's veterans

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — Organizers have kicked off the capital campaign for the Mason Veterans Memorial project, which is expected to be complete by Veterans Day 2002.

        Mason officials have done much of the groundwork for the project, including donating and grading the land, and installing utilities. Recently letters were sent to businesses and individuals seeking donations for the public/private project.

        The Veterans Memorial Committee must raise $625,000 to $700,000 of the estimated $1 million cost before then can begin building the structure, to be erected in front of the new municipal center under construction on Mason-Montgomery Road.

        Councilman Peter Beck said the memorial will honor military veterans and educate future generations about their sacrifices. Mr. Beck, a Marine Corps veteran, is chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee.

        So far, about $11,000 has been raised from the sale of brick pavers, which cost $35 each. There will be space for 1,000 veterans' names on the brick pavers circling a flagpole. Bricks for non-veterans will be placed on the walkway leading to the memorial, said Loretta Terry, a committee member.

        Businesses can become a platinum ($60,000 contribution), gold ($30,000), silver ($15,000) or bronze ($6,000) sponsor. Individuals can become a red ($2,500), white ($1,000) or blue ($500) sponsor.

        The memorial, nestled in a grove of trees, will feature six stone benches, an eternal flame and a path that runs toward a “wall of tears,” water cascading down black granite. Enclosed by a low wall, the memorial will feature seven granite monuments that represent significant wars in American history.

        For more information or to contribute, call Peter Beck at 777-4533 or Loretta Terry at 398-4526. Contributions and pledges can be mailed to: Mason Veterans Memorial Fund, PO Box 586, Mason 45040.


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