Proposed 'Veterans Memorial' becoming closer to reality; Brick pavers for sale to honor those served
ENNIS - A vision of many in the county, “The Ennis Veterans Memorial” could soon be a reason for families all over to flock to Ennis.
According to Chairman Larry Fincher, this memorial is dedicated to ALL veterans of the United States of America.
“It does not matter if you served during a time of war or conflict,” said Fincher.
In order to help see the site become a reality, fundraisers, raffles and brick pavers are being sold to help honor those served and raise funds to help build the memorial.
If you are a honorably discharged veteran of the Air Force, Navy , Marines, Coast Guard, Army, Reserves or National Guard or you are presently serving in the Armed Forces, you are eligible to purchase a paver.
An 8x8 brick paver is being sold for $125 and can fit up to three lines, 12 characters per a line. If you purchase additional bricks at the same time, you pay only $100 for each additional brick.
“I have people calling me wanting to purchase these from all over,” said Fincher, a U.S. Army Veteran who served two tours from July 1969-October 1971.
Anyone who wants to have their paver grouped of placed for Phase 1 of the project, set for completion by Memorial Day 2012, must have their request placed by Feb. 1 of next year.
After the deadline, the price of the pavers will increase as cost of pulling the already placed paver at the memorial will be expensive.
The memorial idea has been in the works since November of last year when a design committee was put in place.
The committee, consisting of Buddy Markham, William Lewis, Jake Clifton, Barbara Webb, Ron Bramhall and Dan Cook, completed their research and design in May.
“We will have sections to recognize World War I and World War II, Korea, Vietnam, POW/MIA, Gulf War, War on Terrorism and most importantly, the main portion is devoted to the veterans,” said Fincher.
You do not have to be a resident of Ennis or the state of Texas to have a paver.
The Ennis Veterans Memorial fund is a non- profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
While the brick pavers sold will fund a portion of the costs, the group is relying on the communities support.
Anyone wishing to help by making a donation may do so at Ennis State Bank or by mail to : Ennis Veterans Memorial P.O. Box 8228, Ennis, TX 75120.
If you have any further questions or are interested in purchasing a engraved brick to be placed at the memorial call Larry Fincher at 972-825-5673 or email EnnisVMC@yahoo.com.