Newell-Faulkner Post No. 880 American Legion of Eden donated $2,000 to the Veterans Memorial Commission Relocation Fund held at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Money will be used to permanently relocate the Civil War cannon that had previously been on display at the park's former location on Second Street.
According to Bob Franz, vice president of the executive board as well as Sergeant at Arms at the Legion, money was raised during fundraisers to bring the traveling Vietnam Wall to Eden in July 2012.
The 80 percent replica of the wall displays the 58,195 names of the men and women who made the greatest possible sacrifice during the Vietnam War. The wall is permanently located in Washington, D.C.
Ron Cotten, chairman of the Veteran’s Commission, and Neil Magro, president of the Jamestown Vietnam Veterans Association, present the donation from the Newell-Faulkner Post No. 880 American Legion in Eden.
In addition to the cannon, future plans for the park include a monument to represent each branch of the armed forces of the United States and the conflicts in which they served.
According to Ron Cotten, chairman of the Veteran's Commission, Veteran's Park will serve as a universal meeting place for veterans, families of veterans and community members to gather and pay their respects to those who have served our nation in times of war and peace.
For more information on the Veteran's Park Relocation Project, or to make a tax-deductible donation to the Relocation Fund, call the CRCF at 661-3390 or visit crcfonline.org.