|4/12/2018 12:58:00 PM|
Fundraising under way
for Claremont Veterans Memorial
By Karen M. Jorgensen
If all goes as Legion members hope, the Claremont Veteran Memorial will be in place by the end of the summer.
The memorial will be located on the vacant lot between the American Legion and the Claremont Agency on Front Street in Claremont, said Commander Mike Berg of Legion Post 422.
As currently designed, he said, the memorial will include a 22 ft. cement circle that will be in three sections, red, white and blue. In the center of the circle will be the American flag with the Minnesota and POW flags outside of the circle.
Surrounding the flag will be pavers recognizing individual veterans. Two granite tablets will have the insignias of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.
The total cost of the memorial will be just over $30,000, Berg said. When the Legion gets to the $10,000 mark they will give the firms constructing the memorial the go-ahead to begin work. Ideally, he said, it will be finished in time for Hogfest, the first weekend in August.
They have a "fairly good" start on raising the money, Berg said.
The idea of a veteran memorial is supported by the community, he said. There will be benches at the memorial and its location across the street from a city playground will help make it a community attraction.
The Legion is also considering having a mural painted on the wall of their building, he said.
Berg said he had talked to the art teacher at Triton High School about having students do the mural. The city has participated in a "Paint the City" program that provides the paint and materials needed.
Berg said he has been visiting businesses in the area asking for financial support but individuals are also invited to donate.
Donations to the memorial may be made at Equity Bank in Claremont or mailed to American Legion - Veteran Memorial, c/o Mike Berg, 10496 610th St., Claremont, MN 55924.
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