May 14, 2019 01:45 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- After years of planning, the Rushford Veterans Memorial Park is finally complete.
It’s something the commander of the Rushford American Legion, Scuffy Paulson, said was a long time coming.
"Four or five years ago, we started talking about it internally as an organization. Then the commander of the VFW said he'd been thinking about doing the same thing, too, and the Legion Riders. It was kind of an all-hands on deck community type of thing,” he said.
The park was officially dedicated on Sept. 11, 2016. Over the years, flags, a cannon and large memorials were put in place. But something was still missing. It wasn’t until this spring that they installed the final 10 monuments, symbolizing wars fought throughout history.
"Those monuments are like the Civil War, World War I, II, Vietnam and Korea," Paulson said. "It'd be nice if we didn't have to add any more monuments, but we’ve got the space available if needed."
The estimated cost to build the memorial was about $350,000. They were able to complete it with about a third of that cost, thanks to community volunteers like the Eagle Scouts and donations from local businesses.
"It's gratifying to walk into a place and ask for a donation for something and they know that we are with the Legion, or the VFW or the Sons of the Legion, the ALR. They support all of us in everything we do in the community. Big-time support for veterans in our community" Paulson said.
Now, City Administrator Tony Chladek said there’s a special place for veterans to gather in the city.
"This is where folks now, as a result of all this work that's been put into it, convene and memorialize or celebrate our veterans," said Chladek.
Paulson hopes it serves as a reminder of the cost of this country’s freedom.
"Some gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We just want to honor them and memorialize them and show our gratitude for those who have served and are currently serving," he said.
Those who want to contribute to this project can purchase a tile in memory of a veteran by contacting Rushford City Hall.
Created: May 14, 2019 01:45 PM
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