by Andrew Martin
Work to erect the new Veterans Memorial in Wolcott is now complete. The three-stone monument was brought in and placed on Tuesday, December 11. The monument honors all veterans from Wolcott who served beginning at the Revolutionary War up through the present day. The committee associated with the memorial is hoping to have a dedication ceremony for it next Memorial Day after the final landscaping work around the monument has been completed. Above are the three stones after they were placed. To the right is seen the unloading of the central stone.
WOLCOTT – The townspeople of Wolcott now officially have a memorial honoring their community members who have served in the armed forces. On Tuesday, December 11, the Wolcott Veterans Memorial was erected in front of the Wolcott Town Offices beginning at 12:30 p.m. by workers from Clark’s Inc. Transfer Service and Clegg’s Memorials.
The new memorial in Wolcott consists of three stones, with the names of the town’s veterans on the two wing stones framing the taller center stone. The names of 363 Wolcott veterans can be found on the monument under the era they fought in. The names begin with Wolcott founder Seth Hubbell and two other Wolcott residents who fought in the Revolutionary War before moving to Wolcott. After the Revolutionary War, the names progress up through American history to the present day. All branches of the armed forces are represented on the listings, and every veteran from the town who served their country is on the list, not just those who fought in actual wars. There is also space on the memorial for the addition of any names left off or for the names of any soldiers who fight in future conflicts.
According to Wolcott Veterans Committee member Lloyd Phelps the committee has paid approximately $18,000 for the memorial thus far and will likely end up paying roughly $25,000 for the entire project once they receive their final bill and conduct some landscaping work around the monument. The committee was able to raise over $10,000 thus far to help pay for the monument. Voters in Wolcott have also agreed to pay for whatever portion of the project cannot be paid for by the fundraising efforts of the committee and townspeople.
Moving forward the committee associated with the project is planning to have landscaping work done around the monument in the early spring. According to Phelps the plan is to have a slab and sidewalk around the monument poured in the spring by Bradley Concrete. Phelps and the other committee members are hoping that Wolcott residents will also volunteer to put the final touches on the area around the memorial. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with that final portion of the project next spring can call Lloyd Phelps at 888-5931.
“The committee would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way,” commented Phelps.
If all of the final work for the memorial goes as planned, the Wolcott Veterans Memorial Committee is hoping to have a dedication ceremony on Memorial Day, 2013.