The city of Ravenswood recently received a $1,500 grant to help pay for an upcoming visit by the Traveling Korean War Memorial in April.
The memorial will visit Ravenswood from April 25-28 and is a replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C., said Katrena Ramsey, superintendent of parks and recreation.
The West Virginia Humanities Council informed Ramsey and Mayor Josh Miller of the grant award earlier this week.
The city will be honoring veterans of the Korean War at a ceremony on April 27 at Washington’s Riverfront Park. The event will feature guest speakers, as well as support from the 249th Army Band of the West Virginia National Guard.
The Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners, as well as a few individuals, have committed funds to help pay for the memorial.
“This generous grant from the Humanities Council, however, will help significantly, and we sincerely thank them,” BOPARC said in a released statement.
The board also wished to thank the city’s grant writer, Toni Tiano, for working on the grant proposal.
The memorial will be a great educational opportunity for local schools, BOPARC President Brian McCommon said in a previous statement.
“We want to honor all who served in the conflict, sometimes referred to as ‘The Forgotten War’ and will be working with the local Veterans organizations in order to identify and invite these Veterans,” McCommon said in a statement.
Previous contributions to the effort included Mike Randolph of American Legion Post 107 and a donation in honor of Ochel Daniels.
“BOPARC itself has budgeted a fair amount toward making this happen but if you’re able to donate as well, we could use more. This is tax-deductible and a receipt will be made to you. Checks can be made payable to City of Ravenswood,” McCommon said. “If you’d like to help in a different way, we also need a little physical help.”
A requirement to hosting this memorial is to have someone on-site 24 hours a day. BSA Troop 43 and others will be assisting with that effort.
Contact Ramsey with questions or offers to help or donate. She can be reached at 304-532-5268 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.