Colman plans veterans park, seeking donations

Seeking donations

The Colman community is working on a Veterans Memorial Park on Highway 34 across from the city park.
The veterans park is a request from people in the community who have seen similar areas in other towns, said Roger Fritz, American Legion commander. Completion is expected by next spring.
A committee that is organizing the project will have information on purchasing memorial pavers available at the city picnic 5:30 p.m. July 9 at the park, he said. Letters asking for donations also will be sent out.
Pavers in honor of someone and their service are $100 each. Other donations from businesses, individuals and groups also are needed for the approximately $35,000 project, he said.
“It kind of came up shortly after the memorial service last year,” Fritz said. “There have been a few people in the community that said, ‘Why can’t we build it here?’”
The Colman Lutheran Church has donated the land, a grassy area south of the church, and some work also will be donated. LG Everist has the contract for the stone work, Fritz said.
The pavers can be purchased for a $100 donation or more in honor of any military member and can include their name, rank, branch of service and dates served. The pavers will be installed on the walkway to the memorial.
Plans for the park include an entrance stone and five stones in the shape of a pentagon engraved with branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. The memorial will include a flag pole, statues of military personnel and benches on each side of the walk for resting and reflection, Fritz said.
Committee member for the project, in addition to Fritz are, Bob Landis, Todd Kuepp, Shirley Miller, Doris Kulhavy, Rose Schoenrock and Andy Groos.
Information requests and donations can be sent to Colman American Legion Post 278, P.O. Box 141, Colman, SD 57017. Contact Fritz with questions at 530-0046 or Groos at 530-1025.

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