Memorial fund worthy cause

Published 11:39 pm Saturday, October 18, 2008

It may sound like a credit card commercial, but some things in life truly are priceless.

“Price” is a central theme in a much-deserving project under way in the Proctorville area.

Leaders of the VFW Post 6878 have a vision that they hope will soon become a reality: building a veterans’ Memorial Plaza behind the VFW Post.

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This is a project that we hope the community truly gets behind and supports both financially and emotionally.

Honoring those who have safeguarded our freedoms is always a worthy project.

Lawrence County has several war or veteran memorials including one on the Lawrence County Courthouse lawn, at Patriot’s Path in Woodland Cemetery and at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds, to name a few.

The Memorial Plaza would be a welcome addition to those.

Preliminary design work depicts a terrace with a fountain at one end and brick wall with a dedication to all those soldiers with small brick walls on the sides with the insignias of the armed services.

Flagpoles would showcase the American, Ohio and POW flags over the plaza that will be surrounded by a walking track.

With overall aesthetics designed by Gary Tillis, Ohio University Southern art instructor and one of the Ironton floodwall mural artists, the project seems like it would be a welcome fit in the community and would provide a peaceful, respectful place for families to get exercise and just reflect on the sacrifices some have made.

Contributions to the memorial for the fallen war dead can be sent to VFW Post 6878, P.O. Box 1139, Proctorville, OH 45669.

Saluting our soldiers certainly falls into the category of priceless. Spending a little money to honor the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms is a small price to pay.