Kimps Ace Hardware Creates Community Awareness for the Veterans Memorial Park
The Ace team at Kimps would like to start by thanking all of our loyal customers for their support for the Veterans Memorial Park. We were able to raise $1000.00 for the Park during our burger- brat fry we had on September 9th. As many know, grilling out is certainly not something new to Kimps. We are pleased to have a master chef like Sharon Rudolph. Her excellent cooking skills and heartfelt enthusiasm to a cause made it almost impossible for customers to resist. Many of our customers felt honored to donate and be a part of the new Veterans Memorial Park.
For those who may not be aware of the project, the Northeastern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Alliance is a charitable organization whose mission is to design, finance and build a memorial site to honor Northeastern Wisconsin’s living veterans and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. This message really hits home to all of us at Kimps Ace. One of our Ace team members, Debbie Ross and husband Ron lost their son Justin Ross in the spring of 2011 while serving our county.
The park will be located on a two acre parcel in Howard Memorial Park, donated by the Village of Howard on Riverview Drive off Velp Avenue, just west of interstate 41. This will be an incredible honor to have a beautiful park that will mean so much to those in our backyard. When this project is complete, the arched entrance will include gates, the back of which will showcase the names of corporate donors carved in granite. There will be a 50-foot reflecting statue of a fallen soldier that adds solemn reverence to the monument. A gazebo will serve as a staging area for formal events and a shaded seating area on non event days. The memorial is to be illuminated at night to enhance the overall feeling of awe and respect for our servicepersons. The plans are beautiful and the Northeastern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Alliance is still working on funding to make this plan become a reality.
Thank you to all of you that donated. However, it does not end here. We need to continue to raise funds for this park to recognize and honor all of our veterans. The Memorial Park will genuinely be a special honor for our community.