What began with a $100 donation will come to fruition later this year.
The Fennimore Memorial Park Committee has announced the Memorial Park will be dedicated on Tuesday, June 14. A generous donation from the Lendosky Acts of Kindness Family Fund has in part made the dedication possible.
With the support of area residents and businesses, plus donations from 18 states from people with former ties to Fennimore, fundraising efforts have met the Committee’s $160,000 goal. Plans are forming for the dedication ceremony which will be open to the public and take place on Flag Day.
Twenty-five new pavers were installed last fall and more will be placed next spring. Ten China Black upright tablets will be placed on the cement bases in the center of the Memorial Park’s pathway. These tablets will contain the names of over 1,700 Fennimore area veterans, living and dead, depicting the era in which they served from the War of 1812 to the current War on Terrorism.
Each tablet will be three to four feet wide and five to six feet tall, and will show a picture etching pertaining to that era. One tablet will contain the names of all major and special recognition donors.
These tablets are in South Dakota. After they have been engraved they will be shipped to our contractor in Boscobel. There, the pictures will be etched onto each tablet. When this is completed the tablets will be transported to Fennimore and with the help of a crane operation, will be set in place.
Pavers remain available for purchase to remember loved ones or special life events. Anyone wishing to donate should do so immediately to ensure they are recognized in time of the dedication. Donations for perpetual care and some costs involved in the dedication are also needed and all can be made by sending donations to Fennimore’s American Bank, 1055 Lincoln Avenue, in care of the Fennimore Memorial Park Fund.
“We appreciate the continued support of our project by the citizens of Fennimore both current and past,” said Memorial Park Committee co-chair Merry Cooley. “This has truly been a community project and what was a dream six years ago will become a reality when our flags fly on Flag Day, 2016.”
Members of the Memorial Park Committee include co-chair Dagna Doan, Betty Burkeland, Bob Griffith, Cindy Arndt, Clara Peterson, Linda Stephenson, Pete Finnegan, Anita Weist, John Volt and Cooley.