, Salem, MA

July 31, 2013

Letter: Final push needed for memorial funding

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

We’re almost there — funding is now at 95 percent of goal!

After close to six years of discussion and planning, the Wenham War Memorial Committee is pleased to report that the new Wenham Veterans Memorial is about ready to become a reality. The approved design and location is a permanent granite memorial to be erected on the Car Barn lot on the corner of Main and Arbor streets. It will include a granite monument, similar to the Civil War Monument, with a granite globe of the world and a sculpture of an eagle landing on the United States, signifying the return of American servicemen to their homes.

Veterans who entered the service from Wenham during World War I, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts will have their names memorialized. We have also designed this monument to accommodate the addition of names from current and future conflicts.

The project is primarily funded through private donations. Construction estimates have been obtained, more than $169,000 has been raised, and only $9,000 in additional funding is needed to start the project. Our goal is to have ground-breaking this fall, so the remaining funds are needed soon.

To those who have been meaning to donate and haven’t gotten around to it, please send your contribution now. For those who have already donated, we hope that you might consider an additional amount to put us over the top. Remember, these donations are tax deductible, and this is a new tax year. Checks can be made payable to the “Veterans War Memorial Gift Fund” and mailed to: Town of Wenham, War Memorial Fund, 138 Main St. Wenham, MA 01984.

From of all veterans in Wenham, and those who remember their service to our nation, we thank you for your consideration of this important community project.

Bruce D. Blanchard