Brighton Monument Park dedication

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Several hundred people gathered Sunday in Brighton to dedicate new memorials to veterans. It is on the same spot they did 95 years ago, to honor those who served in WWI and the Civil War.

A year of fundraising involving a breakfast, golf outing, raffle, run/walk and selling bricks. All of the efforts resulted in raising over $50,000 needed to erect the rest of the Monument Park.  There were also donations in goods and services towards finishing the project. The committee who designed and organized the fundraising for the monument — Tom and Louise Daniels, Jerry and Linda Helmert, Sally Crnich, Mike Theigs, Larry and Connie Erdman — are still raising funds for one more finishing detail. They would like to put a matching eagle on top of the WWII monument.

At the conclusion of the program, lunch was served at Jeddy’s Pavilion.

More photos and video follow:

This was the memorial last Fall.

This was the memorial last Fall.

Some the crowd in attendance.

The crowd wasn’t deterred by the heat.

The committee who designed and organized the fundraising for the monument.

The committee who designed and organized the fundraising for the monument.

Tom and Louise Daniels, Jerry and Linda Helmert, Sally Crnich, Mike Theigs, Larry and Connie Erdman.

Unveiling the WWII monument.

Unveiling the WWII monument.

Unveiling the memorial wall.

Unveiling the memorial wall.

Presenting the Fallen Soldier monument.

Presenting the Fallen Soldier monument.

Jake Eckhart, US Army Veteranm Guard at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, Jerry Helmert, US Army Veteran, Dale Kerkmenm US Army Veteran, Dan Brandes, US Army Veteran, brother of fallen soldier Thomas Brandes – Vietnam

Fr. Russell Arnett blessing the monument.

Fr. Russell Arnett blessing the monument.

Larry Erdman

Larry Erdman

American Legion Riders

American Legion Riders. They provided the color guard and 21 gun salute.

WWII veterans in front of the new monument, Walter Glas, Jr., 90 and Rueben Newholm, 92.

WWII veterans in front of the new monument, Walter Glas, Jr., 90 and Rueben Newholm, 92.

Reading the memorial bricks.

Reading the memorial bricks.

Tara Daniels

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  1. Dara Willkomm says:

    This was a beautiful dedication and I am proud to say my wonderful husband and son were involved in the construction end of this project. The whole day was beautiful!

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