MT. VERNON — —
There are currently 1,400 bricks at the site and more continue to be added to help pay for the monument's upkeep.
Local veteran Alfred Bean and his family bought about 35 bricks for the monument, Keen said. After Bean passed away, his family donated the money to buy the two concrete benches at the site.
Another key player in the monument project is Jack Phillips, owner of Phillips Memorials in Mt. Vernon. Phillips and his company did the design work on the project and erected the monument. Lipps Construction Company put in the concrete.
Phillips said his firm has completed numerous memorials over the years, and that each one is “designed on its own merit.”
“It's just something that's important for the whole community,” Phillips said. “It's an honor to do things like that.”
The monument as a whole recognizes all veterans who have served their country. Even so, the memorial also includes three “Gold Mother Bricks” to honor those local veterans who have died while on active duty.
Keen said maintenance of the site is an ongoing project. In the last few years, several improvements have been made there, including adding shrubbery, installing a chain link fence, and putting in new posts.
The hope, Keen said, is that children who come to the park will ask their parents about the monument and then learn about the importance of remembering veterans.
“It's a monument that will be there for a large number of years,” Keen said.