For over 245 years, U.S. Citizens have answered their country's call to arms. During times of war and peace, our country's citizens, fellow countrymen and patriots have stepped forward in military service to our great country. Many served honorably and returned home to their loved ones. Some were wounded in action, others killed in action. Some veterans return with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), reliving past war time experiences or with guilt from returning home when a buddy did not make it.
In 2018 a few community members got together to discuss honoring our area veterans. As the conversation continued it was realized that our area has supplied many to serve our nation over the years. As time went on, we developed our Mission Statement which is "We are dedicated to provide a place of honor and to pay tribute to all veterans past, present and future"
The Memorial is affiliated with the Town of Lake Holcombe thus maintaining a tax-exempt status. The Memorial will be built at 263rd Avenue, just West of Highway 27 on land donated
by Dave and Sue Staudacher. After many hours of discussions, we feel our design will provide a place of honor for all who have served as well as a place for healing and reflection. Please keep in mind that this is a veterans' memorial, not a war memorial, but will include all area veterans.
The Committee hopes to start construction on the first phase in the Spring of 2021, with groundbreaking before Memorial Day. We will also be selling legacy stones, to recognize veterans.
The Holcombe Area Veterans Memorial is in its fourth year of planning and design. We plan on excavating the site in preparation of pouring concrete for the main area of the memorial.
Preparation of the site will also include electrical for lighting, security and plumbing.
Legacy stones are available to anyone or any business. The stones which can be purchased for $250.00 (8x8) and $500.00 (12X12) will be engraved with a special message of your choosing.
As of today, we have received $150,000.00 in donations which has enabled us to purchase our eight flagpoles, the Great Seal of the United States along with other necessary items, which have added up to about $50,00.00. Donations are greatly needed and much appreciated.
Your support of this historic memorial will be everlasting and very well appreciated.