The American Legion Post 8 is raising funds for a World War I monument in Sussex County. The monument will be located in the east side of the circle and the thermometer is being used to track the monument’s funding. Monument organizers are seeking $20,000 to secure and maintain the structure, and currently have over $9,000 in receipts. Their goal is to be fully-funded by Veterans Day.
“It is our passionate goal to have this monument dedicated Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.,” says Judy Lawson, the treasurer of American Legion Auxiliary Sussex Unit 8. “We’re just so excited to be doing it.”
The granite memorial will have 17 names on it, all men from Sussex County who died in WWI. Lawson says they’ve wanted to have a memorial for years, but the project finally got off the ground this August. She says the memorial is more than just honoring the fallen– it’s about preserving history.
“So much of our history goes untold. People don’t read books anymore. They don’t keep family albums and they don’t share things the way they used to. So it’s important,” she said. “We have to get our history out to people or it’s going to be lost.”