Lions roar for vets

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Come Saturday, August 3, local citizens will have a chance to help honor the county’s WW II veterans by donated &uot;Two for Two&uot;—as in $2 for the Butler County WW II Memorial Fund.

The Greenville Lions Club is spearheading the effort to raise monies to erect a memorial to honor all Butler County veterans of the Second World War.

Local Lions and their family members will be out in force with buckets in hand from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. next Saturday at both the Super Foods/Fred’s and the Winn Dixie/Wal-Mart parking lots in Greenville.

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There has been $23,000 donated to the fund so far, but nearly twice that amount will be needed for an appropriate granite monument, according to Herbert Morton, Memorial Fund Drive Co-Chairman.

&uot;We want everyone to feel as if they have a part in this memorial. It is for all the county’s WW II vets.

So, we’re reaching out to the county’s citizens, especially those who had parents, grandparents and spouses who served, to give them a chance to help us reach our goal,&uot; said Herbert Morton, Memorial Fund Drive Co-Chairman.

&uot;We are asking everyone to give at least $2 per person—that’s not much money, but if everyone gives, it will make a big difference.

Of course, if you can give more, then we’ll be happy to accept it. All donations are tax deductible, &uot; Morton added.

&uot;We don’t want anyone to think of this as Gene’s project or Herbert’s—when people drive by this nice monument we want them to know they had a part in making it a reality.

We are losing more WW II vets every day and I'd like this to be here for those of us who are left to enjoy,&uot; said Gene Hardin, a veteran of WW II and Morton’s co-chair.

"We hope to soon have all the money needed to decide on a final form for the monument.

The manufacture of it will take about four monthswe're hoping to hold a dedication for it on November ll, Veteran's Day.

We couldn't think of a better time," Morton said, adding, "We hope plenty of people will turn out and help us shake the bucket' for a good cause next Saturday."

For more information on the Butler County WW II Memorial Fund, contact Gene Hardin at 382-3774 or Herbert Morton at 382-9512.