Kent raising funds for veterans' memorial
About 2,000 letters have been sent to Kent households, to former residents, and relatives of service men and women, seeking donations for the monument estimated to cost $40,000.
First Selectman Ruth Epstein said the Board of Selectmen appointed a committee to raise the funds and Selectmen were successful in obtaining a $2,500 state grant for the monument.
Kent has a Civil War Monument at the intersection of Routes 7 and 341, but officials said Kent has no monument to veterans of other wars.
"A nine-foot thermometer sign for tracking donations was loaned by the Kent Fire Department and will be placed on the lawn of the town-owned Swift House, future site of the proposed Memorial," Francelia Johnson, the Veterans Memorial Committee chairman, said in a press release.
She said the Memorial would consist of granite bases placed in a semi-circle around a flag pole. Bronze plaques on the bases would acknowledge Kent's veterans.
Ms. Johnson said the group is concentrating on veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Anyone with information about veterans who served in those wars is asked to contact Ms. Johnson at (860) 927-4225, Charlotte Lindsey at (860) 927-3724 or Andy Ocif, the Adjutant of Kent's American Legion, at (860) 927-3318.
Tax deductible contributions can be sent to: KHS-Veterans Memorial, PO Box 651, Kent CT 06757