A group of Village residents is endeavoring to establish and fund a memorial to veterans past and present who have called our Village home. The Veterans memorial Committee (VMC) consists of four Village residents who are either veterans or relatives of veterans, a liaison member from parks & Recreation Committee, and a representative of the Village staff. Our premise is to honor our neighborhood citizens for the sacrifices they have made and to insure that “they are not forgotten.” The Village of Maple Bluff is among the very few local communities that have no memorial or physical means of recognition of it’s veterans. To date, we have compiled a list of approximately 300 Village Veterans dating from WWI through Iraq/Afghanistan actions for inclusion on the memorial. Our goal is to fund, construct, and dedicate the Veterans Memorial in the upcoming year.
After more than two years of planning and research, the memorial location and conceptual design have been finalized and approved by the Village. Our attention is now focused on completing the fund raising effort. To date, we have raised nearly $44,000 or approximately a quarter of our goal. Prior to moving forward, we need to secure the remaining funds to initiate final design and order those materials with long procurement times (granite). We are requesting residents to consider larger donations to insure this worthy project moves to fruition. It is the intent of the VMC to recognize all donors in an appropriate manner commensurate with their gift. This may take the form of walkway stones, various memorial components (benches, planters, flagpoles, etc.) and more formal markers at the memorial entrance. And remember, donations are tax deductible.
Please, let’s honor our relatives, neighbors, and friends who have answered the call whether in peacetime or during periods of conflict to insure that we can continue to enjoy the safety and comfort of the Village we proudly call home. Please feel free to contact any of VMC member’s signatories below or Village staff to answer questions or discuss details of your donation.
Maple Bluff Veterans Memorial Committee
Julie Cornelius firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy Thomas email@example.com
John Schmid firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Apfel email@example.com
Ellis Waller firstname.lastname@example.org
Curt Erickson email@example.com