Falmouth veterans memorial funding campaign begins

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FALMOUTH — A campaign is underway to raise $55,000 by Memorial Day for a veterans memorial.

Established by the Town Council in March 2012, the ad hoc Veterans Memorial Committee has chosen a site and design for the monument, and developed a fundraising plan and construction schedule. The council heard a presentation from the committee on Monday.

Construction of the memorial – which will stand outside the headquarters of American Legion Post No. 164, on Depot Road – is slated for August, with a dedication scheduled for Veterans Day.

While three memorials already standing in Pine Grove Park on Route 88, memorializing people killed in action in the Civil War and World Wars I and II, this new monument will honor everyone who served from Falmouth in every war, committee member Carol Kauffman said Tuesday.

The proposed monument, to be built by Collette Monuments, will stand 9 feet tall and display the service seals of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, Marine Corps and Navy.

A smaller adjacent stone will commemorate six Falmouth High School students, including Kauffman’s cousin, James Iverson, who lost their lives in World War II.

Kauffman said other members of her family served in that war, the Spanish American War and Vietnam.

“I’m happy to help out,” she said, noting that “whether we shall have war or peace, we should have patriotism. And this is the thing that Falmouth needs, is a war memorial” that focuses on everyone who served.

The committee plans the entire cost of the project to be covered by monetary donations and in-kind services, which could include tree removal and landscaping.

If fundraising falls short of the goal by the end of May, the committee will ask the Town Council to fund the balance in early June to keep the project on schedule.

Donations can be made to “Falmouth Veterans Memorial Fund” and sent to the Town of Falmouth, 271 Falmouth Road, 04105.

Besides Kauffman, the memorial committee includes Diane Moore, Theodore Vail, Betsy Jo Whitcomb, Arthur Schade of American Legion Post No. 164, Town Manager Nathan Poore, Town Engineer Jamie Mason and Councilor Russ Anderson. The late Arthur Frederiksen was also a member.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.