Works continues on new Veterans Memorial in Humphrey

February 23, 2019

Go big or go home is the thought process regarding the new Veterans Park project currently underway in Humphrey.

The Humphrey American Legion Foltz-Zuerlein Post 80 first started formulating a plan to construct a brand new memorial back in 2015 after the current one was left in disarray after several years of neglect.

The new memorial will be greater in size than it’s predecessor with flag poles and a bronze eagle at its entryway. The groundwork for the project began during summer 2018 with the goal of completion by December 2020. The project site is located across the street from the town’s swimming pool on land donated by Mark Foltz. West Point Monument Company has been contracted to design the memorial, which is estimated to cost around $350,000.

“Why settle for a $90,000 memorial when we could settle for this?” legion member Aaron Korth said about the project. “No matter what goes on in Humphrey, it’s always bigger and better than what really needs to be. So that’s what we’re after.”

The Legion held a community banquet on Feb. 16 to promote the project and raise funds. An estimated 400 people were in attendance for the event held at the Humphrey Community Center. So far, about half of the necessary funds for the project have been raised. One of the major project contributors has been Pinnacle Bank in Humphrey, which donated $10,000.

The memorial will be comprised of commemorative tiles with the names and pictures of veterans. The tiles are for sale at the cost $150 for a standard and $250 for a premium tile, with the proceeds going toward funding the project. The current memorial also has similar name tiles honoring veterans, which Legion Adjutant Gen. Michael Korth said will be transferred to the new memorial.

Once the new memorial is built, the old one will be dismantled. Michael Korth said its tiles will be placed in a time capsule-like container and buried on the site of the new memorial. He added he hopes the new monument will bring in people from far and wide to visit.

“Not only are we going to build a Veterans Park here in Humphrey, our goal is to make this so remarkable that people will travel when they hear about it to come and see it,” Michael Korth said. “That’s what our goal is, we want this thing looking top notch.”

Those Interested in contributing to the project can contact Aaron Korth at 402- 841-1619, Josh Wessel at 402-920-0260 or e-mail humphreyveteranspark@gmail.com. Visit www.humphreyveteranspark.weebly.com for more information on the project.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.