Veterans Memorial Park coming to Claremont
A couple of years ago buildings next to the American Legion in Claremont were torn down due to a number of different reasons.
At the time there was no plan in place on what would go there.
Then during one of their meetings members of the American Legion decided to brainstorm to come up with a way to build a Veterans Memorial/Park for the community.
“ We thought it was the perfect opportunity because it was right next to the American Legion building and would be a great asset for the community,” said Mike Berg the Commander of the Claremont American Legion Post.
Eventually they were able to acquire the land and from there they came up with a design for a memorial and a park.
When they came up with the design they estimated that they would need to come up with $30,000.
In about four months they raised well over that goal and they have raised over $40,000 to date through generous donations and through selling pavers.
“ People were really generous and thought it was a worthy cause,” said Berg.
Last Thursday a groundbreaking ceremony was held where sponsors and members of the community gathered to learn more about the project.
During his speech Berg reiterated that it will be more than just a veterans memorial but instead a place for everyone in the community.
“It’s not just going to be a veterans memorial it’s going to be a park for the community.”
During his speech he also thanked the many community members and sponsors who made it happen.
“Your the ones who made this happen,” he stated.