Veteran’s memorial moves forward

In honor of Veteran’s Day, it seems appropriate to remind community members that a committee of Shelburne veterans is planning a memorial on the Parade green. In fact, the permitting process for the memorial that features a 5-point star made of granite, a fundraising brick sidewalk, benches, shade trees, and plantings that will honor Veterans from seven wars has begun.

“Thanks to a donation from the Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary and the Town of Shelburne, we were able to have an architect design the memorial,” said committee member Mike Lynch. “The goal of our committee is to be able to construct the memorial through fundraising efforts and in-kind donations and without taxpayer money.”

“Right now we are in the fundraising planning process,” added committee member Sam Fietelberg, a veteran of the Korean War. “We will be talking with organizations and looking at brick fundraisers among other fundraising options.”

“The Veteran’s memorial is meant to be used. That’s why we incorporated benches and shade trees. It will also honor veterans from every war, WWI through Afghanistan. That’s very important,” said Lynch, a Vietnam vet.

The construction of the memorial is slated for summer 2014 and is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete. Until then there is much to be accomplished and participation by other veterans is encouraged. “There are eight of us on the committee right now, but we would love to have as many veterans participate as possible,” Feitelberg noted.

Dedicated committee members include Al Dunbar, Pete Gadue, Perry Melvin, Colleen Haag, Art Kunin, and Bud Ockert. Interested veterans or generous contributors should call Mike Lynch at 985-2461 or Sam Fietelberg at 985-3656.

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