THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Coleman Legion Plans New Veteran's Memorial
Issue Date: April 26, 2018
The regular monthly meeting of the Kalbes-Seewald American Legion Post 280 of Coleman was held on April 10. After opening ceremonies were observed, several business items were discussed before opening the meeting up for discussion regarding plans for a new Veteran's monument to be put at Lillian's Park in Coleman.
The approximately 25 members of the Legion and the Legion Auxiliary were given copies of a picture of the proposed monument as well as a drawing of the park as it will appear after new landscaping, concrete work, lighting and flagpoles are also added. The monumental granite stone will be approximately five feet high and will be elevated on a large concrete base surrounded by decorative stone and walkways. A tribute to all veterans, it will include all branches of service, as well as POW/MIA recognition and a message thanking all veterans for their service to our country.
Members were very enthusiastic about the project and a lot of good ideas were exchanged. Project Chairman, Bob Blackbourn, was thanked for all the work he has already put into getting the ball rolling and for turning ideas into action. In addressing the group, he stressed the face that even though the Legion plans to pay for the stone, approximately $6,000 with engraving and delivery, there will also be alot of other expenses before the entire project is complete. The Legion has set a goal for the dedication for sometime around the 4th of July. Watch for updates in the months to come.
Plans are also underway for moving the Army personnel carrier (tank) from the Legion Hall property to its new home near the WWII monument at Keith Albers Park in Coleman. Plans for that park also include new landscaping, new flag pole and a concrete base for the tank. The Village of Coleman has been very helpful in the planning process for both parks. Village President, Glenn Woulf, stated, "This is not only good for the Legion, it will be great for the community too." Legion members have collected some very generous donations from local businesses and individuals wanting to help. Anyone wishing to make a donation and/or questions can be directed to Ken Stodola, Legion Commander 920-897-2315 or Bob Blackbourn, Project chairman 920-897-2624.