Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Plymouth has a Veterans Park?

Sent by David Logan

The Plymouth Veterans Park has been around for many years but few are aware of its existence or could tell you where it is or what’s there!  Even fewer are aware of recent efforts by several groups to develop and expand that park into a lasting tribute to our Veterans!

Several groups have come together to design, develop and construct a Veterans Memorial Park honoring our District 5 Veterans (Plymouth, Drytown, River Pines, Fiddletown, Up Country and Shenandoah Valley).  It will be located in the current (expanded) Plymouth Veterans Park along Highway 49.  As part of a three phase development plan, we hope to turn a piece of Plymouth into a Family Friendly Park that will be used by many and show our support for the men and woman who have given their service, and in some cases their lives, so we can have the freedoms we enjoy today!  Not just on Memorial or Veterans Day, but every day!

This idea to create a more significant memorial to our District 5 Veterans stated within the Plymouth Foothill Rotary when Austin Ford proposed a Rotary project to clean up the current Plymouth Veterans Park, add new signage, repair irrigation, lighting and work on a longer term plan with City of Plymouth to maintain and make improvements in the park. 

This “Phase I” park improvement plan was completed in 2016 and set the seed in 2017 for an expanded project committee that is facilitated by Rotary members and supported by local leaders and groups including: Brian Oneto, District 5 Supervisor, Terry Sanders, County Veterans Service Officer, Al Lennox, American Legion Post 108 President, John Colburn, Mayor of Plymouth, the Plymouth City Manager, along with volunteers from Rotary Plymouth Foothills Rotary (David Logan, Carl McDanel, Mike Bellamy, Austin Ford), Architect Steve Swason and Cathy Landgraf from Shenandoah Landscaping and Nursing. 

This committee formally started the project in 2018 and has developed a vision that has three additional Phases that will include the design, development and construction of the Plymouth Veterans Memorial Park.  A park that will include a Memorial to honor past and present Veterans, 2 pavilions for families to gathering, picnics and barbeques, a dog run, permeate corn toss game area, walking path, ADA compliant restrooms and a parking area.  The committee is working with the City of Plymouth to potentially expand the park to help support this project. 

To make this vision a reality it will take a great deal of time, effort and funds from our District 5 community.  To complete a project of this size and maintain it in perpetuity, we estimate we will have to raise over $800,000 thousand dollars with about half of that going into design/development and construction and the other have to a foundation to maintain the park for generations to come.  We understand this is a bold vision to pay tribute to our Veterans but we also understand the payment our Veterans have made to our country to protect our freedoms.

For more information, contact David Logan at: dlogan6724@gmail.com

Friday, November 10, 2017

Veterans Day Parade - Sat Nov 11

VETERANS DAY PARADE - Saturday, November 11th at 10AM. Celebrate with the American Legion Post and American Legion Auxiliary as the parade goes down Main Street in Jackson. Afterwards a no charge luncheon at the American Legion Post (on Airport Road) awaits you.
Please, all attending and participating: Bring a new pair of white socks to be given to all Veterans.
NOTE: There will be a VFW observance at the West Point Cemetery at 11 a.m. All are invited. Our Boy Scout troop will have flags on all veterans' graves, and there are many.