11/18/2009 10:18:00 AM Community breaks ground for military monument Prescott Valley remembers
Gold Star mother Jasmine Crowl and Army veteran Ron Nimocks share a moment of remembrance in front of the site of the PV Military Service Monument after the ground-breaking ceremony on Veterans Day.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone
The long hours sitting at booths, the hundreds of phone calls and numerous presentations are not yet over. But the dedication of a core group of volunteers materialized in a very real way on Veterans Day.
About 150 people showed up for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Prescott Valley Military Service Monument this past Wednesday at the site that lies between the Civic Center building and the PV Police building. The American Legion color guard posted the colors, arriving later than expected after the ceremonies at the Bob Stump Veterans Administration Hospital. Pastor Gary Simons gave the invocation, and the Bradshaw Mountain High School choir sang the National Anthem. Mayor Harvey Skoog and Monument Committee Chair Carm Staker spoke.
The monument project began in December 2006 with the hope of having a monument in place by Veterans Day of that year. That may have been an unrealistic goal.
"None of us were quite aware of how much time it would take," Staker said. "In talking with other folks, the time it has taken us is not out of line. It seems like a long time, but in retrospect, it's probably about average."
In the nearly three years since its first inception, the committee has raised more than $50,000 through donations and sales of T-shirts, caps and memorial bricks which will line the nearby sidewalk. When Staker's late husband, Keith, passed away in mid-September, people contributed more than $4,000 to the monument in his name.
The monument honors all military services without naming specific individuals, wars or conflicts. The design concept includes elements of meditation and contemplation, and will honor the people who have served the nation in all branches of the military.
After accounting for the slope and railing, architect Peter Bourgois said the space in which the monument lays is the shape of a shield. At a recent PVMSM meeting, he explained that original bid prices for prep work that includes lighting, electrical, and plants, amounted to about $44,750. However, with in-kind donations, the figure was reduced to $35,960, and because the committee is non-taxable, the estimation would be less after subtracting taxes.
"We're excited. We really appreciate all the support we get from the folks and from the different businesses as well," Staker said.
Laser-engraved memorial bricks will line the sidewalk leading up to the monument. Bricks carry up to 20 characters/spaces per line with three lines maximum.
A veteran's brick is $50, business is $100, and corporation is $250. Veterans' bricks are red; business and corporate bricks are tan. The difference between a business and a corporation is that a business is not a franchise and has less than 25 employees. Business and corporate bricks cannot list an address or phone number.
Veterans' bricks may also use a military service logo, but the lettering is reduced to 16 spaces per line. Logos include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Maritime Service.
For more information, call Carm Staker at 772-9563.