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Dawson Honor Roll Committee seeks aid

| Thursday, March 29, 2012

Though restorations of the World War I and World War II honor rolls in Dawson are complete, the committee responsible for that project plans to add to the honor roll and is looking for help.

A public meeting at 7 p.m. today will be held by the Dawson Honor Roll Committee in the Dawson Volunteer Fire Hall to share information and gather input on adding a third monument to the honor roll for those who served in Korea and Vietnam.

"We want to get the public more involved," committee member Roy Hess said.

It was in late 2010 that the committee cleaned and restored the two monuments on the site at a cost of $2,220; the estimated cost for the additional monument is $25,000 with approximately $1,000 of volunteer labor and materials.

While waiting to learn the status of grant applications, Hess said, they want community help: not only for the third monument, but for the second phase of the honor roll that includes installing controllable lighting and a flag.

The Tri-Town Area Historical Society is acting as a custodian of donations collected, but the committee is trying a different type of fundraising effort for the project.

Tonight's meeting will act as the Mile of Pennies Campaign where anybody from businesses, organizations, adults and children can be a part of the fundraising efforts by donating enough extra pennies to stretch a mile.

Hess said they have set a goal for construction of the monument in late summer and to get the monument completed and dedicated in June 2013.

Other committee members include the Rev. David Bell, Bertha Hess, Claudia Hiles, Lori Lamanna, Patty Lint, Emerson Long, Jay Nelson, Sandy Newell and John Pyda.

Anyone interested in donating their pennies can do so by giving them to any of the committee members or calling 724-529-7298 for more information.

Hess said those with information on soldiers from the Dawson area who fought in those wars can also call to have their names added to the monument.

"That's going to be our biggest challenge," Hess said, noting there will be a signup sheet for Korean Conflict and Vietnam War veterans' names.

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