Dear Cumberland Residents and Veterans Monument Supporters:
In September 2008, the Cumberland Town Council appointed a Veterans Monument Committee to develop plans and ideas for a community-supported Veterans Memorial to be located at Moss Side Cemetery on Main Street. The Committee has presented, and the Town Council has accepted, the concept of a monument that would serve as a Main Street landmark honoring past, present and future veterans in all branches of service including the Reserves, National Guard and Merchant Marine.
Phase one of this project will finance the monument’s center stone, which is made of black polished granite resting on a granite base. The stone size is approximately 8’ x 4’ and 10” in thickness.
The Committee and Town Council visited Moss Side in December to determine the scale and location of the monument. A plywood model was constructed to represent the actual size of phase one & two of the project: In order to complete phase one of the project, we will need to raise $15,000. To date we have raised over $6,000 including a generous donation of $1,000 from the VFW Post 10529. For phase two, we will need to raise an additional $40,000. We are planning for a Memorial Day 2010 dedication of the center stone and hope to raise enough money to complete phase two in 2011.
Phase two will incorporate the names of all Cumberland veterans who served beginning with the Revolutionary War. All veterans with Cumberland roots are eligible to be honored on the wall.
I hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Cumberland Veterans Monument Fund. You will receive a gift letter for tax purposes upon receipt of your donation. All contributors will be recognized in the printed materials prepared for our dedication ceremonies. Please make sure to indicate if you wish your contribution to be anonymous.
On behalf of the Committee and the Town Council, I hope you will take advantage of this exciting opportunity to recognize all our veterans and participate in this very special project supported entirely by community contributors. Please contact Brenda Moore at 829-2205 if you have any questions related to the project or this request. Thank you for your consideration.
William R. Shane