(Posted Oct. 3, 2019)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The first phase of South Charleston’s new veterans memorial is nearing completion. Organizers are seeking additional funding for the final push.
The focal point, an engraved granite monument, was set in place on Sept. 23. Personalized brick pavers will surround the monument, which sits in the center of a red concrete star. Three 30-foot tall flag poles will fly American, Ohio, and Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flags. Poles for flags representing the five branches of military service are already in place.
Carole West, president of the memorial committee, said more funds are needed to complete the work.
“We have a lot of people helping us and donating time, but we still have to pay for the materials,” she said.
She estimates that $5,000 is needed to finish the first phase. Future phases could include the addition of landscaping and benches.
Tax-deductible donations can be made out to “CC Veterans Memorial Fund” and mailed to Security National Bank, P.O. Box 159, South Charleston OH 45368.
The committee continues to sell personalized pavers. The cost is $75 for a 4×8-inch brick with three lines of text (up to 20 characters per line) and $125 for an 8×8-inch brick with six lines of text. Order forms are available at Security National Bank, 102 S. Chillicothe St., and Shoemakers IGA, 111 S. Chillicothe St.
A dedication ceremony is set for 1 p.m. Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The memorial is located at the end of Woodward Street (State Route 41), next to the bike path on the south side of the village.
The memorial project is a joint effort of the South Charleston Community Club and the Southeastern High School student council.