11/8/2011 9:03:00 AM Veterans Day is every day of the year for Williams Own committee Donate $500 or more and receive one of 50 bronze plaques and help make a permanent veterans memorial in Williams a reality
Members of Williams Own Veterans Memorial committee present two plaques of 50 Nov. 3. From left are Danny Harness, Williams Mayor John Moore, Don Dent, John Holst and Sue Tamulevich. The bronze plaque is a replica of the memorial.
Lynda Duffy Former Editor
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Fundraising continues for the construction of the Williams Own Veterans Memorial. Sculptor Neil Logan, who is also a veteran, has begun work on creating the memorial.
Logan has also created 50 bronze limited edition plaques to raise money for the memorial's construction. Those donating $500 or more will receive a plaque, which is a replica of the actual memorial. "So They Shall Not Forget" is engraved on the front of the plaque. Each plaque is signed and numbered.
"It is extremely emotional talking to families of veterans," said Danny Harness of Williams Own Veterans Memorial committee. "This memorial is important to so many."
Williams resident Don Dent received the first of 50 signed plaques and John Holst accepted the second on behalf of American Legion Cordova Post No. 13. Dent's brother Specialist 1st Class Bruce J. Dent was killed in action on Feb. 24, 1968 in Vietnam.
The idea for the memorial was born in early 2010 when Inspirations, a nonprofit organization created for educational purposes, primarily to empower at-risk youth, and the Williams Masonic Lodge dedicated their downtown display window to the veterans of Williams. They continued the display for the Memorial Day, Veterans Day and the Fourth of July holidays. After positive input from community members, the Williams Own Veterans Memorial committee was formed. The memorial was designed from input and ideas offered by the Williams Own committee, local veterans and Logan. A permanent location is still up in the air, with various locations in Williams under consideration.
According to Danny Harness, approximately $45,000 is necessary to construct the sculpture. To date, Williams Own has raised approximately $10,000.
To donate to this fund please make checks out to Inspirations Williams Own and send it to P.O. Box 1011, Williams, AZ 86046. Please support our troops and veterans. To find out how you can help or for more information, contact Sue Tamulevich at (928) 814-9899 or Danny Harness at (928) 814-1279.