(Posted April 3, 2019)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Come mid-May, site preparation will start for South Charleston’s new veterans memorial.
At the end of February, the South Charleston Community Club signed a 100-year lease on ground located at the end of Woodward Street (State Route 41), next to the bike path on the south side of the village.
The roughly half-acre site straddles land owned by Farmers Equipment Inc. and the village of South Charleston. The lease cost was $1.
A couple of years ago, the Community Club joined forces with the Southeastern High School student council to raise money to build a veterans memorial that will honor anyone who has served in the military, whether in wartime or not. To date, the effort has raised $33,000.
The focal point of the memorial will be a granite monument etched with military images and a written message. The monument will sit on a concrete star surrounded by personalized brick pavers, and a lit flag pole. All together, it will cover a 20×20-foot area.
So far, the group has sold over 100 pavers, which are scheduled to be delivered in early June. They are taking brick orders on a continuing basis and expect to get a second shipment later in the summer.
“I feel that once this thing gets rolling and the first bricks are laid, people will start seeing what the memorial is going to look like and we’ll get more brick orders,” said Leonard Kadel, a committee member.
Bricks honoring military personnel will be placed around the monument. Those honoring anyone else will line the walkway leading up to the monument. 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.
Following the groundbreaking next month, crews will excavate the site, pour footers, install electricity, pour concrete for the base, and set the monument.
Kadel said he and other members of the committee are thrilled to see the project coming to fruition after more than two years in the making.
“This is the type of thing, if you want it done right, it takes time… It will be a wonderful addition to this community,” he said.
Kadel is one of two or three veterans on the memorial committee. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1969.
“Something like this, to me, is really exciting,” he said.
Tax deductible donations also can be made directly to a fund set up at Security National Bank. Checks can be made out to “CC Veterans Memorial Fund” and mailed to P.O. Box 159, South Charleston OH 45368.
For more information, contact Kathy Mercer at (937) 477-4787 or Leonard Kadel at Security National Bank, (937) 462-8368.
5K Color Run to benefit memorial project
The Southeastern High School student council is hosting a Color Run/Walk 5-K on May 4 at the high School, 195 E. Jamestown St., South Charleston. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The run starts at 9.
The entry fee is $20 for adults and teens or $10 for the kids’ fun run; both include a t-shirt. There is no entry fee for military veterans. T-shirts will be available for $5 for veterans.
Registrants are guaranteed a t-shirt if they register by April 19. Participants who register after this date will receive a t-shirt while supplies last. All finishers who register by April 19 will receive a medal. Otherwise, medals will be distributed while supplies last.
Entry forms are available at the high school office, Shoemaker’s IGA, or www.sels.us/sos. Proceeds benefit the South Charleston Veterans Memorial fund and Southeastern student council. For details, contact Kathy Mercer at (937) 462-8308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.