Veterans Association to sell memorial bricks to build veterans' memorial in Shoreline

Monday, July 21, 2014

Correction: The proposal goes before the Shoreline City Council on Monday, July 28. If approved, the Memorial Committee will begin selling the bricks and provide information how to purchase them at that time.

The Shoreline Veterans Association, sponsored by American Legion post 227, has started a fund raiser to build a Veterans Recognition Site at Shoreline City Hall to recognize all veterans who wish to have themselves or a relative recognized for their military service. Funds will be raised from donations and the sale of bricks which will cost $100 each and will have the name, rank, branch of service and dates of service engraved  on the brick.. 

Shoreline Veterans Association Project Chair Dwight Stevens provides the following information about the project:

Prior to 11/11/2013 we were just in the planning stage of a "Veterans Recognition Site" to be located adjacent to the City Hall Council Chamber, on the grass of the Plaza. The site is to be 32 feet in diameter and bordered by a 5 foot wide, white pervious concrete sidewalk, which will surround a flat circle of brick pavers, engraved with veteran's name, rank, service branch, and dates of service. There will be seven 4' high obelisks on the sidewalk, naming the different branches, including the National Guard and Merchant Marine.

Total cost of the project is currently estimated at $65,000, plus our printing, advertising, soliciting   and permitting costs.

Financing will be by business donations and the sale of Veteran's engraved brick pavers and hopefully generous donations from the public and corporate sectors. Solicitations will begin in July and we hope to have our financing completed by year-end and be able to undertake construction in the spring of 2015, estimated at 60 days. King County has pledged $10,000 and Recology CleanScapes has donated $1,000.

Rod Dembowski, Dwight Stevens
King County has pledged $10,000

On the three "flag" days of the year, we will fly seven service flags on 10' poles atop the obelisks during the daylight hours. The lighted center flagpole will carry the Stars and Stripes and the MIA/POW flag.

Large donations will be recognized on a plaque at the Site and there will be individual plaque space on three to seven masonry benches between the obelisks. We will have a "Ring of Honor" for large donors.

The Shoreline Veterans Association is an ad hoc committee of Post 227 of the American Legion, so all donations are tax deductible. We will furnish a copy of our I.R.S. form W-9 to all donors who give more than $1000, for their tax records.

Remember, "ALL GAVE SOME AND SOME GAVE ALL, LEST WE FORGET" is our motto for the site.


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