Veterans Committee Close To Goal

So far, more than $100,000 has been raised for the proposed Veteran’s Memorial Park.

However, the Veteran’s Memorial Commission is still about $20,000 short of its goal.

Ronald Cotten, Veteran’s Memorial Commission chairman, said despite being short of the fundraising goal, construction has started on the park, which is located on the west side of the city along Logan Avenue. He said the hope is to continue raising money and to finish the park by Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

”The week after next, we will be putting in the monument and the cannon base,” he said. ”We’ve received donations from organizations, unions and individuals. The donations made this happen. We are thrilled the city made the offer to do this at the park. It is a beautiful park.”

Cotten said the project wouldn’t be happening without the support of local foundations. He said the Lenna Foundation will match donations up to $20,000 for the project. Also, Cotten said the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has been handling the donations and finances for the project. For those interested in donating toward the project, send a check that states it is for the Veterans Memorial Commission Relocation Fund to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701.

”Without their help, this would not have (been possible),” he said.

Cotten said the monument and cannon base for the park is being produced by Jensen-Haglund Memorials. He said the park is for all veterans organizations and the monument will represent all who have served in the military during war and peace time. He said there will be symbols representing the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action on the monument. Cotten said even though POW/MIA isn’t a branch of the military, it is still important to include the symbol on the monument.

”It is so we never forget those who never came back,” he said.

Cotten said the park will consist of three circles joined by walkways. The largest circle, located in the center, was built around a flagpole that has the flag from the previous Veteran’s Park that was near the intersection of East Third and East Second streets, near Jamestown High School. The first circle in the new park will have a Civil War cannon on display. The third circle will hold the veterans monument.

He said he has talked to some of the neighbors surrounding the park, and they like the idea of the veterans park next door.

”What we are looking for is to give the park life,” he said. ”It is still a community park, and always will be.”

For more information on the fundraiser or the park, contact Cotten at 664-0762 or visit www.crcfonline.org.

Other members of the Veterans Memorial Commission include Barclay O. Wellman, Charles Telford, Russell E. Diethrick Jr., Sharon Terwilliger, William Servis, Joseph Paladino, George Spitale and Thomas Abbott.