One day soon, Jamestown's Memorial Day remembrance will be held in a newly completed Veteran's Memorial Park.
Ronald Cotten, Veteran's Memorial Commission chairman, said the group is in the stretch run to accomplish their goal of raising close to $150,000 for the proposed Veteran's Memorial Park. The park, which is located along Logan Avenue on the west side of Jamestown next to Third Street, will recognize all veteran organizations and honor all active military personnel who served during U.S. conflicts and wars.
Cotten said, so far, the group has raised $95,985, which has been done during the last three years. He said $51,865 is still needed to be raised.
A diagram of the proposed Veteran’s Memorial Park, which is located along Logan Avenue on the west side of Jamestown next to Third Street. The Veteran’s Memorial Commission has raised almost $100,000 for the park. The Lenna Foundation has provided a matching grant up to $20,000 to help the group raise the remaining $50,000 for the project.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
''Our goal is to complete this in 2014,'' he said. ''We're working to finish the project. I think we're going to get it done.''
The goal may be easier to reach thanks to the Lenna Foundation. Cotten said the foundation will offer a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $20,000, to help the commission finish raising funds. Cotten said the commission will meet in January to game plan what will be needed to accomplish their goal.
''We've been doing good with community organizations donating money. We will come to all groups to talk about the project and its importance,'' he said. ''Money is coming from all sources. We have envelopes around like at Lind (Funeral Home) where we have them so people can make a donation in memory of a veteran who has passed away.''
Cotten said the park will consist of three stone circles joined by walkways. The largest circle, located in the center, was built around a flagpole that has the flag from the previous Veteran's Park. That park was near the intersection of East Third and East Second streets, near Jamestown High School.
The first circle in the new park will have a Civil War cannon on display. The third circle will hold a veterans monument dedicated to all who have fought for their country. Cotten said the monument will take up to five months to construct.
For more information on the fundraiser or the park, contact Cotten at 664-0762. The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is handling the tax-deductible donations toward the park. To find out more, visit www.crcfonline.org.