As many Kimberley residents are aware, Council has committed the land where Bavarian Esso stood to a new Veterans Memorial Park, complete with a new location for the cenotaph.
This week, Council approved the erection of a sign announcing the project, to raise awareness and help with fundraising.
The project originates with the veterans’ support group Military Ames, and group facilitator Cindy Postnikoff says a federal grant for $25,000 has been written.
“The grant has been applied for and all indications are we will get it,” she said. “The city will match that number.”
However, the project will need more than $50,000 to complete and Postnikoff is beginning local fundraising.
“We are seeing local interest in purchasing memorial benches.
“There’s a lot of work to be done and we are reaching out to the community. Military Ames will be doing several fundraising activities including a flea market, bake sale and family fun day on July the 15 – 17 coinciding with Julyfest. We have some great things planned for the three days. You’ll be able to shop for treasures, pick up some treats, talk to veterans, enter our draws, learn about Peace Keeping and Service Dogs and all the while you’re having a good time you’ll be honoring our fallen by supporting this event.
“Our weekend of fun, and a few surprises, will be held in the Kootenay Savings Credit Union parking lot. We will need items for the flea market. If you’ve got some clean items you’d like to donate to our cause, please call and we will pick it up. We cannot accept electronics or clothing. We will also need volunteers to help with our weekend, so if you’d like to support the cenotaph project, please call Cindy 250 919- 3137.”
Military Ames is also reaching out to the community for cash donations.
“Cash donations can also be made at the Kootenay Savings Credit Union payable to Military Ames,” Postnikoff said. “Many ‘thanks’ to everyone that has helped so far. Together we are building a stronger community and making sure our veterans memories are respected and that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
“Military Ames would like to extend a special invitation to all military veterans to join us and be a part of this important undertaking.”