Buffalo Island Veteran's Memorial Park moving forward

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Plans for the Buffalo Island Veterans' Memorial Park are moving forward. It will be located in Leachville, on the corner lot across from Heritage Bank.

The 75x105' lot will soon be transformed into a tribute to veterans throughout the area who have served or who are serving their country in the Armed Forces.

A preliminary sketch of the future Veterans Memorial Park to be placed in Leachville.

Committee members are David Wallace, chairman; Scott Adams, co-chairman; Myrna Adams, secretary; Marilyn Looney, treasurer; Wes Wagner, attorney; Stan Whitlow, CPA; Karen Wallace, Joe Hultquist and Mandy McFall.

Scott Adams said all of the members are volunteering their time and services to the project.

Committee members have been working several months organizing and researching plans and construction of the memorial site.

The site will include veterans' names engraved on a granite wall, mural, benches, flags, landscaping of trees and shrubs, and more.

"It will be a beautiful tribute to our veterans," Karen Wallace said.

Families will have the opportunity to honor their veterans by having their names engraved.

Scott Adams said the park is non-profit status and any donations are tax deductible. Contributors will be recognized at the site.

"We are hoping to get churches, individuals and businesses involved in the project," Adams said. "As a committee we are planning several fund-raising projects and we hope churches or other groups will join us in our efforts. We also welcome ideas and input from anyone interested in the project. We need veterans' names. Any size donation is welcome."

The committee is planning a fund-raising golf tournament Aug. 22. It will be a three-man scramble. Adams said there will be a silent auction and a raffle for a shotgun.

They are hoping to have a ground breaking ceremony after Memorial Day.

Veterans names can be turned into Scott Adams at 539-6341, Karen Wallace at 539-2202 or any committee member.

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  • Are you including all veterans from Leachville who served in the Military? I graduated from Leachville in 1955 and I know several veterans who were from Leachville but don't live in the area any longer.

    -- Posted by paladin1937 on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 10:34 PM
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