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Stafford Set to Break Ground on Armed Services Memorial

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Stafford County will break ground on its $838,000 Armed Services Memorial during a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

The location is to the rear of the George L. Gordon, Jr. Government Center at 1300 Courthouse Rd.

“This effort began five years ago, when the grieving family of Donald Lamar, a Marine sergeant killed in Afghanistan, asked if Stafford County could honor their son in some way,” said Paul Milde, chairman of the Stafford Board of Supervisors. “The Board of Supervisors decided we would honor Donald, as well as everyone else who has served,” he said.

“I can’t say enough good things about the volunteers on the Armed Services Memorial Commission and Working Group,” Milde said. “They started fundraising last May, exceeded their goal, and set a new one. Thanks to them, we are beginning the construction of this memorial earlier than we had anticipated, and it will have extra enhancements due to their success at fundraising.”

The keynote speaker for the event will be Daniel Chichester, chairman of the Armed Services Memorial Working Group.

“We decided to honor those who have served, are serving, and will serve in the future, as well as their families,” said Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, USMC-Ret., member of the Armed Services Memorial Commission. “I am so appreciative of my colleagues on the commission and the working group, as well as Stafford County and all those who have made donations for enabling this beautiful memorial to be built to honor the best and the bravest.”

The memorial will feature markers recognizing nine major conflicts, beginning with the Revolutionary War.

The dedication is scheduled for Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Sponsorships are available for the enhancements, and citizens may buy bricks to honor loved ones and friends. The bricks will line the walkways throughout the memorial.

For more information on sponsorships or buying a brick, please visit www.StaffordArmedServicesMemorial.weebly.com

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