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Funds being raised for Purple Heart Monument

Posted: Friday, May 1, 2015

Gloria Holzinger of Huntington would like to see a Purple Heart Monument located at Memorial Park’s new veterans’ memorial. The monument would honor the county’s natives who were wounded in the course of combat.

Fundraising for the monument by Holzinger and a monument committee comprised of Holzinger, Brian Love, Bruce Stanton, Chris Newton, Danielle Clements, Juanita Hedrick, Larry Jenks, Leslie Ackermann, Michael Howell, Perry Collins, Pete Eshelman, Steve Kimmel and Terry Stoffel has already begun. The group is spearheading fundraising efforts to get the monument ordered and installed in time for Veterans Day.

The newly-formed committee met Monday, April 20, to look at plans for the monument and devise a way for the community to make tax-deductible donations to pay for the $32,439 project. The memorial would be designed in red, white and blue stone and will be one of the highlights of the park.

Holzinger says the monument is designed to honor all Purple Heart recipients who shed their blood - those who died as well as those who were injured in combat. She had initially proposed placing a memorial on the Huntington County Courthouse lawn, then learned that a new veterans’ park will be constructed where the Memorial Park tennis courts are now located.

“I had thought about this for some time,” she says. “This is something that I really think we need; it will be an asset to our veterans’ park as well.” Holzinger says the design was initially conceived by her son Rob Holzinger, a veteran of four tours in Iraq.

“Rob is an artist,” she explains. “I said, ‘This is what I want to do. This is what I’m thinking about. Would you, being a Purple Heart recipient, dig deep down into your soul and come up with something for all of these Purple Heart recipients?’ And that is how it all came about.”

Groundbreaking for the veterans’ park is expected sometime in May and the Veterans Day Parade in November will end at the park. A dedication ceremony of the park and monument will follow the parade as part of the Veterans Day celebration.

Donations for the monument can be sent to: The Veterans County Recognition Fund in care of the Huntington County Veterans Service Office, 354 N. Jefferson St., Room 102, Huntington, IN 46750. Those who want a receipt for tax purposes should submit a request with their donation.