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Letters to the Editor

Final push for Veterans Memorial donations

To the editor:

The Jasper County Veterans Memorial Committee will continue soliciting donors for the new Veterans Memorial through May 7. Sponsorships are currently being sought to help defray the cost of building the new memorials that will be placed on the courthouse lawn.

The first memorial will consist of a large stone placed on a granite riser which will be painted with veteran themed murals. The second memorial grouping will consist of six walls with the names of local veterans inscribed on bricks within.

(Bricks were sold through last November, no further bricks can be purchased at this time.)

There will be a black granite memorial, two benches, two black granite columns and two bronze eagle statues depicting service in both peacetime and war. No tax dollars will be used to construct the memorials.

Donations will cover 100 percent of the costs and all donations of any size are welcome.

Any business, group or individual that donates $500 or more will be placed on a bronze plaque that will be displayed prominently in the memorial complex. Each $500 donor will be allowed up to 30 letters or spaces (e.g. “In memory of John Smith,” “John Smith Mfg Inc,” “Children of John Smith-USMC”).

Please send donations to:

Jasper County Treasurer

Attn: Vets Memorial Fund

P.O. Box 1387

Newton, IA 50208.

If you have any questions please call me at (641) 417-8885. Donors who submit $500 or more will be contacted by a member of our committee to choose their 30 space/letter combination. Our intent is to unveil the new memorials during the Fourth of July festivities.

Many thanks to all that have donated their time and funds in order to make this symbol of honor become a reality for our local veterans.

Doug Bishop

Chairman, Jasper County

Veterans Memorial Committee

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