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Bricks will aid monument in Oakland

August 20, 2010
By BRIAN FERRY bferry@timesobserver.com
Buying bricks for the Warren County Veterans Monument to be located at Oakland Cemetery serves two purposes. The bricks can be personalized to honor individual veterans. And, some of the purchase price for the bricks goes to the placement of four benches within the monument area. According to Warren County Veterans Affairs Director Ed Burris, 4-by-8 inch bricks are available for $100 and 8-by-8 inch bricks are $200. The four-inch bricks may be personalized with up to four lines of up to 20 characters and spaces per line. Eight lines of up to 20 characters and spaces may be placed on the eight-inch bricks. Not all of the price goes to the monument fund. The cost of the bricks themselves and the engraving upon them are paid first, and the cost of installing the bricks also comes out of the purchase price, Burris said. The monument is a project of the United Veterans Council. The design for the monument space includes a central flag pole surrounded by bricks with a concrete perimeter. Until orders for personalized bricks are filled, the bricks will be plain. “As we get these in, we will pull a blank out and replace it with a memorial brick,” Burris said. They will be placed in the monument walkway and viewing area. The four proposed benches, three honoring the branches of the armed forces and one honoring recipients of the Purple Heart and the Silver Rose, will be paid for out of donations received through the brick program. “Our goal is to have four benches inside the memorial,” Burris said. “Currently we don’t have the funds.” “Any money that’s raised by the bricks after the benches will go into a perpetual care fund for the monument,” Burris said. Those who wish to donate without buying a brick are welcome to do so, Burris said. Bricks may be ordered by contacting the Veterans Affairs office at Warren County Courthouse at 728-3477.
 
 

 

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