Earlier this year, the Glen Lakes Veterans and Friends Association (GLVFA) had a dream. Now the reality of that dream is coming into focus, but they still need help to achieve their goal. The dream is to erect a memorial wall to honor all our veterans, past and present.
There are four core values and reasons behind the construction of this wall. They are reflection, honor, remembrance, and recognition.
Reflection: The wall will provide a place of solace for veterans and visitors to reflect on the service of these men and women.
Honor: The memorial wall will serve as a means to honor our military and show that we are fulfilling our obligation to hold them in high esteem; Just as they fulfilled their obligation to serve our country.
Remembrance: The wall will also be a way to remember our veterans. So often, people forget the importance of our veterans. Once a conflict is over, we go back to our regular lives. Many of the younger generations do not even know what World War II, the Korean war, or the Vietnam war was all about.
Recognition: Lastly, this monument will recognize the sacrifices that our men and women have made in service to their country. Whether they served in combat and risked their lives and even came home injured or sometimes didn’t come home at all or whether they served in non-combat areas away from their family, our very existence as a nation has depended upon, and still depends upon, our armed services.
Project manager Dickie Keane and his team have worked tirelessly for the past five months on the memorial wall; from coming up with a design and finding a location to publicizing the project in order to obtain funds.
Their goal is $50,000 and so far they have raised $20,000. Although GLVA has a long way to go, the organization has faith that the community will step up to the plate and contribute to this worthy cause. Every one of us, even if we aren’t a veteran or active duty military service person, has a friend or relative who has served. Keane, his team members and the organization, as a whole, would like to see the Memorial Wall completed by Veterans Day, November 11. We can all help them to make their dream a reality.
For more information go to www.glenlakesvets.org You can also call Dickie Keane at 352-345-5337 or Ron Ford at 906-291-0587.