Relay offers thanks
To the Editor:
The Relay for Life Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the 25th year of Martin County Relay for Life. We wouldn’t have a Relay without our sponsors, those who donate, our teams and all of you that come to the Relay.
The Relay is such a special time to celebrate the survivors who are still fighting and remember those that have lost their battle.
At the end of the Relay on June 23, about $65,000 had been raised. The fiscal year does not officially end until Aug. 31, so our total may still grow more. Thank you.
Relay for Life Committee
To the Editor:
As chairman of the design committee for the Martin County Veterans Memorial, I would like to thank the Martin County commissioners for their support of the memorial project. A special thanks to Kathy Smith and Dan Schmidtke for attending most of our monthly meetings and providing us with much needed advice and guidance.
We have taken our concept to the veterans of the county at the county fair, to the KFMC-KSUM home show, and to a dozen civic groups and businesses. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and positive remarks and donations we have received.
The land was donated by Doug and Diane Kahler. Madsen Surveying donated its services to mark and register the property. S&J Excavating is in the process of digging our foundations at no cost, and we have received many donations from citizens and businesses, just to name a few.
The project will be next to the ball diamonds on Winnebago Avenue in Fairmont. The site has been given to our committee and we are giving the property to the county. The commissioners will oversee the property, but our committee will be responsible for its development. The site will have ample parking and will be seen by hundreds of people attending tournaments at the complex.
We feel the monument will be a powerful representation of the sacrifices and efforts put forth by the veterans of Martin County. Hopefully, visitors who see the monument will go back to their hometowns and tell their friends of the powerful images they saw there.
To date, we know of approximately 150 Martin County residents who gave their lives for our country. We may never know how many of our veterans were wounded, both physically or mentally. Then there are those veterans who were POWs or MIAs. You can’t put a price on freedom.
Private funding is paramount to our success. We never approached the Martin County commissioners for a donation. That was proposed at a commission meeting. The support would be greatly appreciated, but we understand there is a big responsibility on the commissioners to spend our tax dollars wisely. I, for one, think it would be worthwhile. If you have a feeling one way or the other, let your commissioners know how you feel. No matter how it goes, we will get the job done. Again, I would like to thank the commissioners for their help up to this point.
Our website is under construction and will be available very soon, Visit Martin County Veterans Memorial Facebook page to share comments and to see what we’re doing.