SALYERSVILLE – The updates to the Magoffin County Veterans Memorial, located at Ramey Memorial Park, will be completed in time for Veterans Day.
Magoffin County Judge/Executive Matthew Wireman told Mortimer Media Group the project was initially funded with coal severance money, then they became aware of a grant from the Kentucky Veterans Foundation, with the money coming from veterans license plate sales, with funding available for veterans organizations and projects. With the initial cost estimate set at approximately $70,000, Wireman explained they asked for half of the cost from the grant, filed an application and met with the Kentucky Veterans Foundation Board.
“Five minutes later they called us back and said they’d give us $35,000, so everything’s worked out really well,” Wireman said. “Supply chain issues slowed us down some, but we’re nearing completion.”
Wireman explained the wrought iron fence going around the perimeter and installation of sod are all they have left, but they anticipate being completed with the project in time for a ceremony to be held on Veterans Day, November 11 at 11 a.m.
At the Veterans Monument site they have seven flag poles to represent the six branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Space Force, as well as for the POWs.
The U.S. flag stands taller than the rest of the flags and lights have been installed for each flag, as well as both sides of the monument.
“We’re going to have a showplace for the veterans in our community and I think they’ll be really proud of the end result,” Wireman said.