of the Veterans Tribute Committee held a fundraising event at Cunetto’s Restaurant
in Greenville on Thursday, September 26.
The Veterans Tribute is currently under construction on the campus of
Kaskaskia College near Centralia.
donors and veterans were invited to join committee members for a presentation
on the importance of the Veterans Tribute, with speakers including Mr. Robert
Gaffner of Greenville, who organized the evening, Dr. Jim Underwood, President
of Kaskaskia College, Mr. Travis Henson and Mr. Jim Beasly, co-chairs of the
committee, and an emotional appeal from Michelle Baugh of Centralia who lost
her father in Vietnam when she was a few months old and has become an advocate
to material circulated at the event, the Veterans Tribute at Kaskaskia College
is to be built in three phases. Phase
one consists of two concrete walls with black granite plates affixed that hold
the inscribed names of over 25,000 area veterans. Phase one also includes the Warrior’s Court,
a centerpiece dominated by a large bronze American bald eagle sculpture and
surrounded by large bronze seals of the five branches of the United States
military. Phase one is currently nearing
completion, with the walls, seals, and eagle sculpture in place.
two will consist of three additional walls, while phase three will consist of
an educational building, suitable for visits by students and citizens, where
the stories of area veterans will be preserved for future generations.
The Veterans Tribute committee has established
strict guidelines on the signage and name recognition for the tribute
project. In establishing the guidelines,
the committee wants to ensure that proper recognition be given to those who
have contributed to the project. The
committee has established several giving levels for donors which include the
right to name the entire Tribute complex for $1 million, naming rights to all
of the five walls for $250,000, individual walls for $50,000, or to have the educational
building named for $350,000. In
addition, donors can be part of a list of One Star through Five Star donations
for as little as $100 for the One Star designation to over $10,000 for a Five
Star designation. Sales of inscribed
bricks that will be laid around the central court are also ongoing.
more information on the Veterans Tribute Project, please visit http://www.veteranstributeatkc.com/.