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Taylorville Kiwanis Club Honors First "Hero of the Month"; Hears About Lake Taylorville Veterans Point Memorial at Weekly Meeting

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club honored its first “Kiwanis Club Hero of the Month”, and heard about the the Lake Taylorville Veterans Point Memorial, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  


Ricky Reed of Taylorville (right) was presented the first “Hero of the Month” award from Kiwanis member Dean Ray (left) on behalf of the club.  Ray nominated Reed for his involvement in the American Legion as chaplain, service officer, and visitor to many veterans.  Reed recently added duties as chaplain for the VFW and American Legion honor guards.



Doctor Ron Mizer, a Kiwanis member and member of the Downtown Taylorville Committee, told Kiwanis Club members about he and the committee’s efforts to build this memorial honoring those who died and served in the Armed Forces.


Mizer said the committee is working with Pyramid Marble and Granite of Effingham on the design and construction.  



The memorial will include a 40-foot monument, 12 memorial honor walls, a walkway, a 35-foot American flag pole, 20-foot military flag poles, and numerous benches along the walkway.


A World War I cannon formerly located at the Christian County Historical Society, is being refurbished and will also be permanently installed at the memorial.



Mizer said it’s hoped the new memorial will be dedicated on Veteran’s Day November Eleventh.


He added the total cost of the project is some 300-thousand dollars, with sponsorships from businesses and individuals being accepted.   The 12 memorial honor walls can have an inscription added for as little as 125-dollars.  Forms are available from the Downtown Taylorville organization office at 824-3555.  The form to submit an inscription for the Memorial Wall is also available by clicking the link on taylorvilledailynews-dot-com.


Mizer especially credited the City of Taylorville and city engineers Benton and Associates, among those who have provided help to make the memorial happen.


The public is reminded that the Kiwanis Club is holding its Drive-Thru Donation Days on Saturdays thru the rest of July from 9am to 1pm, in the Miller Media Group front parking lot at 918 East Park.  Non-perishable food and monetary donations received will be given to the Taylorville Food Pantry.


 For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.     

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