Caledonia – Mumford Veterans Honor Wall Status:
The greatest percentage of the Caledonia-Mumford Veterans Honor Wall has been completed. We, at this point have 810 veterans names engraved and secured to the glass covered enclosure that will be installed before Memorial Day. There will be blank plates installed that will hold another 447 names that can be added at any time in the future.
There will be a formal dedication on Memorial Day 2011. This event will take place following the Memorial Day Ceremonies in front of the Legion building on North Street.
If a veteran did not have his or her name submitted during the 7 year collection period, it can still be done by going on-line to Cal-Mum.com and clicking on veterans link. Here, you can submit the information. You will also be able to view the current list of veterans submitted. Names will be collected and engraved in the most economical numbers.
Eligibility: Any veteran living or deceased, from or living in the Town or Village of Caledonia, or the Mumford Fire District. The veteran was or is a member of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, National Guard, Reserves or any member of the Allied Forces.
The Wall Committee
Caledonia – Mumford Veterans Honor Wall Update
We have completed what we call Phase II of our project. Phase I was all of the planning and fundraising to get us to where we are today. This project started in 2003 in an effort to just collect a list of all Veterans in the area. This list will eventually be kept in the Big Springs Museum for safe keeping. Our committee consisting of myself, Mel Keenan, Joe Caluorie, Debbie Davis and Don Pullyblank decided to go the extra mile and build a wall where all of these names could be displayed.
We decided on a site for the Wall on the Caledonia War Veterans Memorial property on Church Street, home of Matthew Cleary Post 255 American Legion. We went to the Board of Directors for their approval and they accepted the proposal. In February 2005, we started fundraising and donation collection while continuing to collect veteran’s names.
We presented our specs and ideas to the ickles Corp and asked for their help in building the Wall. After a slight redesign and great help from the Sickles Corp, we broke ground in the spring of this year and have made tremendous progress. As of this writing, we are pleased to announce that we are fully built up to what we are now calling Phase III.
Phase III is purchasing a display case, engraving all the veteran’s names, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping. We have currently spent up to this point $17,295.00. To complete Phase III, we still need to raise another $10,000 making the total value at $27,295.00. We have submitted request for grant money to 2 State and 1 Federal elected official’s. We have yet to have any positive feedback from those options. So we are asking that anyone wishing to donate any funds, please contact us at 585-538-2643. We are continuing our effort to raise funds.
We are also going to continue collecting veteran’s names. To date, we have collected 567 Veterans names. The eligibility to submit a name is below.
Any veteran living or deceased, from or living in the Town or Village of Caledonia, or the Mumford Fire District. The veteran was or is a member of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, National Guard, Reserves or any of the Allied Forces.
The best and most efficient way to submit a veterans name is to go online to www.Cal-Mum.com, click on the veteran’s link. Then click on Caledonia – Mumford Veterans Wall link. You will then find where you can submit the name online. If you do not have access to a computer please call 538-2643 or any of the committee members for a submittal form.
The Committee at this time would like to thank all of those people that have donated to the Wall so far. When completed this will be an asset to the community that will be a tribute to all of those that have served their countries armed forces. They have all been part of giving us the freedoms we enjoy today.
Jerrie “Jake” Davis