Wednesday, March 5, the Jasper County Veterans Memorial project on the courthouse grounds will receive a $2,500 shot in the arm.
Officials with AFSCME Local 0451 will make a donation to the project during a special ceremony that day, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Local 0451 President Jerry Jones said it is “important to honor our fallen veterans.”
“This monument will help ensure that future generations of Jasper County residents never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country,” he added.
Jasper County Treasurer Doug Bishop, who formerly led the Jasper County Freedom Flight efforts, has been leading the fundraising effort for the memorial, which will be constructed without the use of public funds. Every Jasper County resident who has been killed in action will be memorialized at no charge.
Bishop will be in attendance at the event, along with members of the Jasper County Veterans Committee.
Local 0451 represents employees at the Newton Correctional Facility and at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, which are part of the Iowa Department of Corrections.
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