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Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting

August 18, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Meeting Minutes – August 18, 2023

Present: Justine Bachman, Steve Bachman, Chris Brown, Donald Christ, Willard Dellicker, Eugene Handwerk, Harold Handwerk Ron Jerdon, David Keller, Bill Mantz.

  • Donald Christ called the meeting to order 6:05PM at the Eight Oaks Farm Distillery.
  • No report, no change from July.
  • Website is up-to-date.

Chris Brown presented four concept drawings for a design to expand new granite surface to add names in the future.  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5r4avzj9yvekwh3/AAA11SQigvj1mmEut2rI_nN_a?dl=0

  • The designs proposed building a stone wall around the rear perimeter of the memorial in place of the existing steel fence.
  • The circular wall would be capped with beveled sections of granite for future engraving.
  • The granite caps could be made to enable removal for engraving or relocating the order of the war periods to keep them in some chronological order as names are received.
  • The committee chose the concept without intermediate columns and asked Chris for a sketch that could be used to estimate construction costs.
  • After a budget cost is determined the committee will discuss how to unveil the new design to the four townships and the public, and develop a fundraising strategy.
  • Jim Ritter (Out and About with the Ritters) will be invited to attend our next meeting to present the committee with a copy of the Memorial Day Program that he created for his TV show. https://youtube.com/@outandaboutwiththeritters8377
  • The committee signed a “thank you” letter for Ed Sawyer and will invite him to the next meeting to present him with the letter and a set of commemorative coins from the memorial. Justine made a motion to gift the two coins to Ed Sawyer, second by Dave Keller, motion approved.
  • Veterans Day 2023 plans –
    • Saturday November 11, Time 11AM – 4PM
    • Justine currently has 3 food trucks interested in attending the Veterans Day event.
    • Chris Noll said he will provide entertainment again, Steve will confirm.
    • Don will approach 8 Oaks for two bottles of Veterans Cut Bourbon for a raffle.
    • Advertisement – Justine on social media, Bill D flier for the NWPress.


  • To Be determined, Don will email a date to the committee


  • 6:35PM, Steve Bachman motion, Dave Keller 2nd.


August 18, 2023
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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