MILROY - The Milroy Veterans Memorial Committee has been working to complete a memorial to be opened on Nov. 9.
Beth Reed, treasurer for the committee, said the group has raised all of the funds to pay for the memorial.
"We advertised to have bricks engraved," Reed said. "We received 350 orders for bricks and many of those orders contained extra money, more than the price of the brick, to be donated to the building of the memorial."
Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER
Doug Phillips, of Milroy, lays bricks and pavers for the soon to be completed Milroy Veterans Monument. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 9.
Reed said they have had more orders for engraved bricks, but many of them will not be completed by the unveiling date, so they will be installed at a later time. The memorial is designed as a center hexagon platform with the bricks being placed in the shape of a star. Eight flag poles have also been installed to fly the state flag, the POW flag, the American flag and a flag for each of the five branches of military service.
"The idea to start was just to put the three traditional flags; state, American and POW," Reed said. "But the idea grew from that and has been in the planning stage for two years. We thought it would be more interesting, and it makes us proud."
Reed said two statues will be placed on the center platform. One of the statues will be a battle cross and the other will be a woman holding a folded flag and rose kneeling to place them at a grave. Both of these life-size statues will be cast in bronze.
IF YOU GO
What: Milroy Veterans Memorial unveiling ceremony
When: 10:45 a.m. Nov. 9
Where: Milroy, across from Best Western
The group working to build the memorial is made up of volunteers, and most of them are not veterans themselves.
"Putting this memorial together is an effort of the general population in Milroy," Reed said.
Reed also said the location of the memorial -across from the Best Western in Milroy - was planned for its higher exposure and because it is township property.
"The traffic coming through this spot is high," Reed said. "The exposure rate and the fact it was already township land made it the place for this project."
The Owls Nest in Lewistown presented Reed with a check for $5,000 to help with the finishing touches on the memorial. Reed said to complete the project they need to finish laying the bricks, lay down some white stone, and erect the statues.
Reed said she is confident the project will be completed on time. The ceremony to unveil the memorial is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, across from the Best Western in Milroy.