On Saturday, May 31st, 2014 the Putnam Leadership class of 2014 hosted a benefit for the Putnam County Veterans Wall of Honor at The Ashley-Belle Landings event facility in Eatonton.

“While not all the money is in yet, we’ve determined that the Leadership Putnam Class not only met their $10,000 goal, but slightly exceeded it,” said Bob Landau, spokesperson for the veterans park. “We are grateful to the leadership class for their diligence, hard work and contribution to this project.”

The park, being developed jointly by a committee from the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations, will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 – Veterans Day. 

Located at the intersection of North Lafayette and East Marion streets, the park will be nestled among trees and shrubs in a “park-like setting,” Landau said. 

Organizers said they would need $80,000 to build the project, plus additional funds for maintenance and upkeep. Several fundraisers, private donations and the sale of almost 800 bricks have contributed significantly to the need, Landau said.

“(Leadership Putnam’s) efforts resulted in them being the No. 1 donor among all the business firms, civic groups, foundations and individuals (that) have made donations to date,” he noted.

The money raised will be used, along with specific donations by other entities and individuals, to help build seven walls – and 14 concrete pillars – bearing brick tiles with the names of veterans who presently or previously lived in Putnam County, and install concrete walkways, metal benches, solar lights, flood lights, extensive landscaping and an irrigation system, Landau said.

“They also donated specific funding for the American flag pole, its accessories and the American Flag,” he noted.

The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are still selling 4-inch by 8-inch bricks through June 30. 

Each brick will be engraved with a veteran’s name, branch of service and any other information that will fit in three lines with 21 characters per line. 

The cost is $30 per brick; and veterans of any branch of service, including the National Guard, who live or lived in Putnam County since its inception in 1807 can be included. 

For more information, visit putnamcountyveteranswall.webs.com.

See ads and calendar postings in The Messenger for more information, or visit the Putnam County Veterans Wall Facebook page.