Goodman Veterans Memorial fund-raiser set this Saturday
By LISA M. REED
GOODMAN, Wis. – Representatives from Goodman are holding a fund-raiser, and car and bike show this Saturday to replace a 1919 veterans memorial, and add the names of all veterans from Goodman, Armstrong Creek and Fence who died while serving in war.
Terry Flannery, a representative of the committee interested in seeing the current memorial replaced, said the Goodman veterans memorial was erected in 1919.
“There was never anything done to the memorial after 1919 to honor any more veterans. We want to erect a new memorial to honor all veterans from Goodman, Armstrong Creek and Fence,” Flannery said.
The committee has 660 names of veterans who have passed since 1918 for the monument. They are seeking more names as they do not want to miss anyone.
Those who know of any veterans from the Goodman, Armstrong Creek or Fence area can contact Terry Flannery at (715) 336-2495, Bill Stankevich at (715) 336-2391 or Sue Pratt at (715) 336-2373.
“The more people who contact us, the more names we will find,” Flannery said.
The current memorial has an 8-foot by 8-foot base and 6-foot by 6-foot monument tapering up to the top with four feet high sides and an eagle on top.
A plaque on the memorial reads “The people of Goodman in honor of the men of this community who answered the call of their country in the war and as a memorial of their faithful service 1919.”
Flannery added this is a community project.
“We will re-use the eagle for the new structure,” he said. “We are looking for suggestions for the new monument from the general public and have a local architect helping also.”
The new memorial could possibly be octagon-shaped.
“The amount of money raised will determine the final product, and we may do another fund-raiser if not enough money is raised,” Flannery said. “The memorial will benefit all GI’s who served and their families.”
The memorial sits in the center of the town of Goodman.
Drawings will be held at the fund-raiser, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trail’s End Saloon, one mile west of Goodman.
Some prizes include a cooler of meat, gift certificates, patriotic quilts, Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks tickets, bobble heads, Timber Rattler tickets, 2012 autographed Packer football, NFL 4-foot by 6-foot Clay Matthews and Donald Driver couch throws, handmade afghan, car detail from Town & Country, Avon basket, gas cards, maple syrup, liquor, storage containers, hats and shirts, and a basket of greeting cards and calendars.
Two years ago, $20,000 was raised during a fund-raiser for the Goodman Fire Department.
Flannery said he would be thrilled if they raised that much money for this memorial.
Donations can be made to the Goodman Veterans Memorial Fund. Contact any committee member listed above for where to send donations.
Lisa M. Reed’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.