Planning by the American Legion Post 312 veterans and other members of the community to erect the and a remembrance wall is well under way, but donations to fund the project are in great need.
The South Attleboro Veterans Memorial Committee has already collected $35,000 of the approximate $55,000 needed for the effort, but they still need more help, according to Committee Member Carl Bradshaw.
Originally, the project was going to cost upwards of $100,000, but the committee has made a few changes to cut the cost nearly in half.
"It's not as expensive as it was before," Committee Treasurer Al Viau said. "It was changed to a different kind of construction that would last just as long as the original plan."
One way the group is hoping to raise funds is by selling memorial bricks. Families can purchase a brick with up to three lines engraved on it for $150 or a paver with up to six lines for $250, according to Bradshaw
"Bricks are going slow and we are hoping brick sales will cover the remaing cost," Bradshaw said.
The bricks, which can be purchased on the VetPavilion.com website will be used to create a wall that is slated to semi-wrap the walkway around the pavilion. Organizers envision it to be four to five feet high.
, located on Bacon Street in Attleboro, has donated $20,000 to the effort. John Case of Case construction has donated his services to provide the site work, Kevin Cryan of Cryan Landscape is providing the landscaping services and George Howarth of G. H. Electrical Services Inc. is providing the electrical services. The pavilion, a 40-foot hexagon, is being purchased from Ed Wilcox of Five Seasons.
State Line Scrap contributors David and Ray Bourque are challenging others to match or join in an effort to match their donation.
Aside from purchasing the bricks, there are several levels of donations including:
- Vice Admiral Naming Rights: Eight sponsorships available for companies wishing to have a sign on the inside of the pavilion.
- Colonel Level Contributor: Four donor opportunities available for companies wishing to have their business name adorn a bench in the gardens adjacent to the pavilion.
- Non-Commissioned Officer Corps Donator: Nine donor opportunities available for companies wishing to have placards with their company name on a pavilion sign.