I was Chaplain of The Ladies Auxiliary on Patriot's Day,
September 11th (Anniversary of the Attack on America) and
September 18th National POW / MIA Day, I became aware of
the fact that nowhere in the Village of Mexico did we have
a place to honor these very special persons who had given
all for our many freedoms. On these dates I held a Freedom
Walk to honor the Fallen American Heroes of 911 and those
who continue to lose their lives in the pursuit of freedom
and a Candle Light Vigil at our existing Veteran Monument
in memory of the POW / MIA. The night of the vigil an idea
of having two monuments made for these very special persons
was inspired in me. With the financial help of our Veterans,
The Ladies Auxiliary and The Men's Auxiliary my dream became
a reality. Everyone put their heads together and great ideas
to not only get the monuments but ways to enhance the entire
area came to light.
Working with Jody Wiggins,
from Kellogg Memorial, a design of the two monuments was
made, approved and ordered with a delivery date to be in
time for our Annual Ceremonies and Open House on Memorial
Day. For six weeks work parties were organized by the veteran's
and both auxiliaries to do the prep work in the area before
delivery of the monuments. Ground was broke, forms built
for the cement to be poured, cement poured in the area complete
with sidewalks made wheelchair accessible, flower bed with
landscaping blocks made, landscaping and engraving memory
stone bricks placed (these bricks will be offered in memory
of your loved ones for a donation of $50 each (forms are
available at the post canteen), and five new flag poles for
each branch of the service were installed.
We also have an area
prepared for the WW1 Monuments presently located at The Mexico
Academy Central School to be relocated if the community is
favorable of the move. The present area that they are located
in is set far back from the road and most people do not even
know that they exist. Our new area has ample parking and
handicap accessibility. If you feel that they should be moved
please contact the village office to show your support.
All work was completed
and the monuments delivered in time for Memorial Day. The
monuments are even more beautiful than what we had expected.
God blessed us with a beautiful day full of sunshine and
just enough breeze to make it a perfect day for a parade.
There was a wonderful turn out for the parade, participants
as well as spectators. Close to 300 persons came by to see
our newly enhanced monument area and join in our Memorial
Day Services to remember and honor our fallen comrades, followed
by an Open House Buffet. The Veteran's supplied Meat Trays,
Rolls, Meatballs and several of the Ladies Auxiliary's and
members made dishes to pass. What a great, great day!!!!!!!
We are so very grateful and proud for all that we have accomplished
at our new facility and will continue to in the future.
This was a tremendous
amount of work that went so smoothly because of the many
volunteers who so unselfishly gave their time for this very
special project. The area is so beautiful and far more than
I could have ever envisioned. It truly is amazing what can
be accomplished when people all work together for the good
of our organization and for our veterans. You all know who
you are and thank you all from the very depth of my soul
for making what was my dream and became our dream a reality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please enjoy the photos
of before and after.
Memorial Field (today)
Memorial Field (before)