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VFW Post #2689 donates $10,000 to monument

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2015

VFW Post #2689 helped Gloria Holzinger’s plan for a Purple Heart Monument at Memorial Park begin. The post gave $10,000 toward the $31,000 project that will honor the county’s natives who were wounded in the course of combat.

Fundraising for the monument is being coordinated 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.

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.

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.

Shown in the photo on the front row, from left are Jean Fleck, whose husband was a Purple Heart Recipient, and son was killed in Vietnam; Jerry Walling, Purple Heart Recipient, Vietnam; Gloria Holzinger receiving the $10,000 check and Purple Heart Monument committee; Leslie Ackerman presenting the check, Commander of VFW Post #2689 and Purple Heart Monument committee; Chuck Kuschel, Purple Heart Recipient, Vietnam and Bruce Stanton, Veterans Affairs Officer and member of the Purple Heart Monument committee. Back row, from left are Danielle Clements, Larry Jenks, Chief Deputy Chris Newton, Sheriff Terry Stoffel, Brian Love, Perry Collins and Steve Kimmel, all of the Purple Heart Monument committee.