As the East Side Business Association continues to show support for troops, past and present, many local businesses are getting involved - on the ground level.
Construction on the Freedom Corner, erected on the corner of High and McCarty streets in Jefferson City, has already begun. Last week's kickoff marked the ceremonial start to the transformation project, and now businesses and individuals have an opportunity to make their own mark on the East Side site.
Already more than 20 businesses have pulled resources to help with the project. Engraved pavers, offered in three different sizes, are now available for purchase in order to finish the designated memorial while providing a personal touch. The idea is to have these pavers memorialize loved ones who spent time in the armed forces. The larger options also provide room for business logos. Cash donations are also being accepted.
In addition to the pavers, the area will feature a 14-foot tall granite monument topped with a bronze bald eagle. The monument is expected to be dedicated on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11.
Hank Stratman, East Side Business Association project manager, said this project will be a community memorial, a monument for the entire city to thank those who've served.
"In our vision of the space, families will bring their children to see grandpa's or a cousin's or friend's name built into the space," Stratman said.
"It will be their memorial, as well as one honoring all of our Armed Forces, past and present."
All funds donated to the project, as well as proceeds from the pavers, will go directly to constructing and maintaining the Freedom Corner.
The corner was originally established in 1976 to commemorate the country's bicentennial.
The East Side Business Association has adopted the area and is trying to reinvigorate the space and ensure it is worthy of those it honors.
For more information on the Freedom Corner or to purchase pavers, go to www.jcesba.org or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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