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Many Many Many thanks to all who have supported us in this important mission!  Your donations, as well as your purchases of our Memorial Pavers, Memorial T-shirts, pins, hats, flags, bumper stickers, etc, and your participation in functions and raffles, has brought us this far.  Please continue to support us by spreading the word - we want to break ground and get this beautiful and well deserved Memorial built!

    We have raised over $79,000 - CAN YOU SEE THAT LAST BEND JUST AHEAD?

We have the site

We have 3/4 of the dough

please help us finish this important mission!!

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Planting of the Sign !!

 

The Memorial is taking its first step towards construction!  It may be a small step to some, but to others it is a bright light at the end of a tunnel...and the light is getting brighter!  Were digging holes and moving a bit of soil!!! Im honored and proud to announce that we will be planting a beautiful sign which states;

Future Home of The Vietnam Veterans

Memorial of Lorain County

 SAT. APRIL 3RD, 11AM

AMHERST BEAVER CREEK RESERVATION

North Lake StreetAmherst (Between American Legion Post & Amherst Police Dept.)

 

Please join us for coffee and donuts and celebrate the planting of the sign!  

 

Ron Stevanus, Memorial s signage Artist has outdone himself this time with the sign he crafted.  Ron  is also brother to Larry Stevanus, Treasurer.   Thanks Ron!

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RUMMAGE SALE - MEMORIAL STYLE

 

 

Many Thanks to  Sgt. 1st Class, Nelson Dunfee, Jr., who stepped up to help the Memorial in a big way!  Sgt. Dunfee of The National Guard Armory in Lorain is hosting a big indoor rummage sale for the Memorial.  Get a head start on your spring cleaning and help out the Memorial at the same time!

 

WHEN ?

  APRIL 22      NOON-6PM

APRIL 23      9AM-6PM

APRIL 24      9AM-6PM

WHERE ?

3520 Grove  (Rte. 5 7) Lorain

We are looking for clean,  gently used items to sell and  big hearted, smart shoppers to buy ! 

 

Donations: If youd like to donate items to sell to benefit the Memorial, please Call Don Attie at  440-288-7030  to arrange for drop off no later than Tues. April 20 please.    Thanks for your help!

 

Shoppers: Ok Ladies & Gents, this may be a womans and/or pack rat (from way back) logic...but now that youve cleaned out those closetsyou have room for more stuff!  And as long as its different stuffyour still ahead  :)

 

This sale offers a chance to donate double!  You can donate  merchandise for a worthy cause.  AND you can come to the sale and pick up some great deals of your own- and its still going for a great cause! 

 

Either way ,  youll  be helping 98 Men    Fathers, Sons, Brothers, Uncles, Cousins and friends from our own backgrounds.  Youll  be helping them receive the recognition they so well deserve. 

 

A big THANK YOU to Dan Anthony from LCADA Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Agencyfor providing us with much needed space to store sale items prior to event.

 

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THE  EAGLE S  HAVE  LANDED !!


 

The Amherst Aerie #1442 Eagles  have landed that is!   Their generosity and community spirit have  brought the Memorial a huge step closer  to fruition!  Their motto is:

 

When Youre An Eagle You Have FunHelping Others 

 

This wonderful group had a whole lot of fun on behalf of Lorain Countys 98 to the tune of

$10,000 !! 

Don Attie and his partner in crime Vince Contini  were drumming up Have A Heart Sales on Oberlin Avenue last month when they  stopped in  Dom & Luigis Barber Shop. As they made their way around the shop, they came across Bill Madaras, 3rd  Trustee from Aerie 1442.  Bill sayshey why dont you bring the Memorial Model to our Aerie meetingI think theyd  be interested in your mission!  A few days later Don and Vince did just that!  Don presented the model, and explained  the important mission for Lorain County's 98.  The membership was kind,  attentive and seemed very receptive to the Memorial. 

 

When Don finished, he and Vince stepped into the hall while the members discussed his presentation.    Being the fun loving characters that they are,  as they awaited the outcome,  they were jokingly betting each other on the  Aeries decision.  Now of course any donation is great but at the same time they were hopeful of a $500-or maybe even $1,000 donation.  Both men went a bit weak in the knees when Mr. Madaras came out and   announced that Aerie #1442 would like to make a $10,000 donation to the Memorial!!! 

 

When Don called  a little later,  the first words out of his mouth were Youd better sit down!!  and he was absolutely rightI still get chivvies just thinking about it!

 

Don and Vince swear that it was divine intervention!!  They may be rightseems like it was just meant to be that the guys picked the same day and time to stop in Dom & Luigis that Bill picked to get one of his infrequent hair cuts.

 

On behalf of  the committee, and much more importantly, on

behalf of the 98 men who gave allten thousand THANK YOUS

we cannot express how much this donation means to the Memorial! 

 

This is our largest donation yet

and puts us very near to the

$80,000 mark! 

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You may not have heard any news recently about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Lorain County but let me tell you, we've been movin and shakin over the last couple months!  Not only to keep warm, but to keep that money rolling in in hopes that we can break ground come spring!  We had some other really cool winter campaigns that hit the streets in January!

 

Convenient Foods Donation Canisters is one of these!  In about a month's time, over $600 has been raised - and the canisters are still out there!  They are not only raising awareness of our mission - and that is priceless!  In addition to buying the canisters for us, and placing them in 22 of their stores, Convenient has been placing a large headline at the top of their weekly circular - asking for support of the Memorial!  Again - priceless!  Thousands of thank yous go out to Jerry Latimer and Convenient!

 

For those wondering about the Valentines Day Sock Hop, we apologize that it didn't happen.  Many thanks to Avon VFQ Post 7035 for trying to help us out - and we'll try again in warm weather - this time with a car/bike show!

If you come across one -  please drop what you can in the canister. 

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The HAVE A HEART Campaign was a huge success!!  Over $1300  was raised for the Memorial! 

 

Huge THANKS  go out  to the many merchants who participated in our first Have A Heart Campaign.  I say first because some of these awesome establishments want us to do it again!  Stay tuned cause that sounds like a fine idea to us!  Please support these businesses they support Veterans!  Many of them not only sold a ton of hearts for the Memorialbut were very creative in their heart displays!  Nicks Family Restaurant, American Legion Post 118, Olde Towne Pizza, Maple Inn,  Dom &  Luigis Barber Shop and Quaker Steak & Lube  all  had their many hearts beautifully displayed and it warmed the heart just seeing them!  Many many thanks to all who purchased a heart for the Memorial!             

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The Mornin' After has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee of Lorain County to help collect donations needed to build their memorial. Please see a band member during a show to make a donation.  Check out this great group of guys - whose hearts are as big as their talents - for a current schedule of check out their website:

The Mornin' Afterwww.themorninafter.com

 

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Animated Backhoe

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The scale model of the Memorial (constructed by our own Dave Spanski) became quite the traveler over the last year and a half as it made it's way around the county during local fairs, festivals and Fundraising events.  Stay tuned for the location of it's next visit....  With your help we can get that backhoe to work and start on the real deal....then we can retire the model for good!

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