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Veterans Memorial is the real jewel benefiting from fundraiser

Veterans Memorial is the real jewel benefiting from fundraiser
LA VERNIA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION Winner Harry Couch enjoys a hug from his daughter, Ellie, during the Guns & Diamonds fundraiser Sept. 16 at The Den, benefiting the La Vernia Veterans Memorial. Visit to learn about the memorial and how to honor a veteran with an inscription.

Jeanine Schoenert, Ken Moczygemba, Gladys Stanush, Donna Gembler, Harry Eugene Couch Jr., Melissa Kiolbassa, and Frank Pruski are happy folks.

They are the winners in the La Vernia Veterans Memorial’s Guns & Diamonds fundraiser, held Sept. 16 at The Den restaurant.

Prizes of jewelry and firearms were made possible by T.S. Arms and Dennis Jewelry.

Proceeds from the event benefited the La Vernia Veterans Memorial, which is entering Phase II in the La Vernia City Park. This phase will include the erection of five blocks of walls to display the names and service information of veterans whose applications are submitted.

The memorial is a project of the La Vernia Historical Association.

“During the -- last few weeks, we also had the chance to invite a lot of veterans and their families to turn in their applications to have their veteran’s name inscribed on the wall,” said memorial chairman Walter Scull. “It’s going to be a beautiful monument that families can be proud to visit.”

In addition to veterans’ names inscribed on the walls, supporters and businesses also may purchase personalized bricks along Patriots Pathway leading up to the memorial, purchase benches to honor a veteran, or donate directly.

Elaine M. Stephens is president of the La Vernia Historical Association.

Honor a veteran

The La Vernia Historical Association invites everyone to honor their veterans with a wall inscription on the La Vernia Veterans Memorial, taking shape in the La Vernia City Park.

For wall inscriptions, veterans must be honorably discharged and have some connection to La Vernia, but residency is not required. A “connection” includes any veteran who lived or lives anywhere near La Vernia, has friends or family near La Vernia, or who simply has fond memories of La Vernia.

Benches and bricks on the Patriots Pathway also are available to honor veterans or show support.

For more details, visit or call Scull at 830-779-2461.

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