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Cost of veterans monument rises

August 08, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The gradual decline of the dollar during the past year has sharply increased the number of dollars it will take for the Greencastle Area Veterans organization to erect a monument at borough hall honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Duane Schroyer, past commander of American Legion Post 373 in Greencastle, said the Greencastle American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War Post 6319 need to raise an additional $13,000 by November to cover inflated shipping, fuel and materials cost associated with purchasing the monument with a devaluated dollar.

Schroyer, who is co-chairman of the joint veterans committee overseeing the project, said he anticipated the price of the monument would increase, he just never imagined by how much.

"It was a shock that it increased this much," he said. "Nobody knows how the economy is going to do, it is really unpredictable and uncontrollable."

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The unpredictable economy has bumped the project cost for the monument up about 20 percent, but Schroyer said it will not push back the date when the veterans plan to unveil the memorial.

It was on Veterans Day when Antrim Township Manager Ben Thomas approached Schroyer with the idea for a memorial and if all goes well, the memorial will be unveiled on Veterans Day 2008.

"So many of our young people have left to serve in the armed forces to protect our freedom, but a number have not returned," Thomas said of the project back in 2007. "A memorial has been a thought of mine for years."

Through donations from individuals, organization and business as well as $25,000 in state grant money, Schroyer said the committee successfully raised what it was initially quoted for the project.

With so much success in fundraising during the past year, Schroyer said he has no doubt that the Greencastle community can dig into its pockets once again and pull out another $13,000 before Nov. 11.

"We (the joint committee) are going to pull together, work harder and increase our efforts at fundraising so we meet our deadline," he said.

The additional cost will also pay for a historian to research names for on the monument.

Anyone interested in donating to the project can do so by sending a check payable to Greencastle-Antrim Veterans Memorial Fund to P.O. Box 653, Greencastle, PA 17225.

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