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Monumental Donation

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The North Clay Middle School Student Council recently donated $500 to the Clay County Veterans Office for the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom memorial. On hand for the donation included (from left) Clay Community Schools Board member Ron Scherb, Clay County Veterans Officer Mike Holland, North Clay Principal Greg Moe and North Clay sixth-grader and student council member Makenna McNabb. [Order this photo]
With plans in place, all that is needed is a little extra money.

And on Monday, the Clay County Veterans Office received some.

Members of the North Clay Middle School student council donated $500 to the office for a new memorial it plans to erect at the Clay County Courthouse.

Plans for the memorial, Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom, were set in motion a couple years ago after the news of the tragic death of Marine Cpl. Greg Stultz.

Cpl. Stultz died two years ago in Afghanistan in support of the war.

The plans were accelerated recently with the death of Indiana National Guard Spc. Arronn Fields, who died May 21, 2012, also in Afghanistan.

"I've been planning this for a couple of years," Clay County Veterans Officer Mike Holland said.

Holland said plans are calling for the stone memorial to be placed on the courthouse lawn near the Vietnam Memorial.

"We're trying to combine a lot of things (on the memorial)," Holland said, adding it will also honor Gulf War Veterans and will include a Sept. 11, 2001, remembrance.

Holland said the office is working with local resident Nick French to get the memorial set up.

Holland said the estimated cost for the memorial is $6,000.

The Clay County Veterans Office has already started collecting donations for the memorial.

Prior to Monday's donation from North Clay, approximately $1,100 had been collected, including close to $800 from the Clay County Veterans Expo earlier this year.

North Clay school officials told The Brazil Times the NCMS student council elected to set up a fundraiser within the school for the donation. North Clay teacher Leslee McDonald spearheaded the idea.

The council sold cotton candy to students during lunch hours at a cost of $1.

Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees board member Ron Scherb helped make the cotton candy with North Clay parents.

The memorial would be the third on the courthouse lawn, including the Vietnam War Memorial and the Memorial Building honoring World War I and World War II veterans.

Additional donations for the memorial may be sent to the Clay County Veterans Office, Room 104, Clay County Courthouse, 609 E. National Ave., Brazil.

"We're hoping to get this done for Memorial Day (2013)," Holland said.

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