Town of Man Mayor Jim Blevins has been working hard to build the Veteran’s Memorial on Freedom Hill just outside of Man. Cliff’s Natural Resources met with Blevins on Thursday and awarded him $1,000 to put towards building the memorial.
“Cliffs is dedicated to the communities in which we operate,” said Ryan Thorn, public affairs coordinator for Cliffs. “We’re proud to be able to support such a great project that honors our local veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made for our freedom.”
According to Blevins, the project is short about $5,000, a smaller chunk of the estimated $40-45,000 it will cost in full.
Blevins said the idea came to him after he saw what a wonderful veterans’ memorial they have in Charleston.
“I don’t really have an estimated completion time,” Blevins said. “I was hoping to have it finished by winter but I’m not sure if we will be able to do that.”
The memorial stands on a hill right outside of town limits. The hill is named Freedom Hill. Blevins has plans for three larger granite pieces to fill the holes in the wall. They will each stand four feet tall and represent a different war. The first will represent World War I and many other wars, the second will represent the Vietnam War and the third will represent World War II engraved with a photo of raising the flag at Iwo Jima. Blevins also said he hopes to one day engrave all the names of the veterans in Logan County who served in those wars on the back of the granite pieces.
Along with the memorial wall, Blevins plans to place benches and table at the memorial for those who are interested in sitting down and staying a while to honor the troops. He also said a podium will be placed in the back for presentations such as 21 gun salutes that will be held in the spot. He also says the ground will be packed with dirt and planted with grass; flowers will be planted around the memorial as well.
Citizens have the option of sponsoring a solid granite “brick” to help pay for the memorial. The brick will honor whomever the sponsor wishes. There are three different prices for the bricks: gold for $300, silver for $200 or bronze for $100.
There is a limited space for those bricks on the memorial, and according to Blevins they have sold quick. With less than 100 left to sell, Blevins urges those interested to contact the Town of Man at 304-583-9631.