Ground broken for new memorial wall

  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A.M. Sheehan/South Strand News VFW Post 6444 Commander John Livingston; American Legion Post 114 Commander Rodney C. Ward; Francis “Jeepy” Ford, Georgetown Community Hospital board of directors; and Georgetown County Veterans Memorial Inc., President Richard Hathaway, break ground for the new memorial wall on Church St., between the Legion and the VFW Friday.

Under the hot sun Friday, veterans from World War II to the current day were joined by community members to break ground for the Georgetown County Veterans Memorial that will stand between the American Legion and the VFW buildings on Church Street.

After the Posting of the Colors by the Knights of Columbus, the national anthem sung by Dillion Moore, an opening prayer lead by Post Chaplain Michael Written, Georgetown County Library’s Pattie Burns spoke to those gathered about history and the importance of remembrance.

Her remarks were followed by those of WWII veteran and former Georgetown Hospital board Chair Francis B. “Jeep” Ford who spoke of the strong ties the hospital has to the community and its veterans.

Gathering WWI-style trench shovels and helmets from a number of wars, VFW Post 6444 Commander John Livingston; American Legion Post 114 Commander Rodney C. Ward; Francis “Jeepy” Ford, Georgetown Community Hospital board of directors; and Georgetown County Veterans Memorial Inc., President Richard Hathaway, broke ground for the new memorial.

Among those attending were:

“Wheezie” Ford, Bubba Ferdon, McRoy Skipper, chairman Georgetown Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees,

Mayor Jack Scoville, Peggy Wayne, city councilwoman, Rudolph Bradley, city councilman, Edward Kimbrough, city councilman, Carol Jayroe, city councilwoman, Chris Carter, city administrator, Elizabeth Tucker, past director of city planning dept., Rickey Martin, director, City Planning Dept., Ron Charlton, county councilman, Bob Anderson, county councilman, Brian Shultz, county auditor, Leona-Myers Miller, Jeff Smith. president, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, Lauren Joseph, Tourism and Marketing director, Robbie O’Donnel, county magistrate, Kim Kaminski, president Georgetown Rotary, Kathy Sullivan, DAR, John Carr, publisher Georgetown Times, Colin Peterson, Grand Knight

Lynn Mueller, chairman Bridge2Bridge, Paige Sawyer, past city councilman, Vida Miller, past state representative and Randy Hollister, chairman, Georgetown County GOP.

The event concluded with a reception at the VFW.

First step

The groundbreaking was only the first step toward the goal, according to Col. Ronald E. Gilbert (Ret.) of Pawleys Island who emceed the ceremony.

“Now the serious fundraising begins.”

The GCVM, Inc. need to raise the funds for the wall. Donations can be any amount.

One can donate $100 for a simple brick with three lines of the donors name or someone they wish to honor.

Bricks and pavers range from $100 to $5,000. $1,000 wil pay for a flagpole. $4,500, for an etched panel, $1,500 for an embedded light or $25,000 for the foundation.

Donations may be sent to Georgetown Memorial Wall, P.O. Box 941, Georgetown, SC 29442.

Questions may be directed to Martin Alfonsi, 843-240-0249.

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a golf fundraiser event July 10 with two simultaneous nine-hole Captain’s Choice tournaments at Heritage Plantation Golf Course.

To register a team at $50 per person, send the names of the players along with a check payable to Knights of Columbus Assembly 3272 and GCVM Memorial wall in the memo line to:

Phil Brice, 4553 Painted Fern Court, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

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