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I would like to thank The Lancaster News for printing the photo of the veterans monument that will be built in Heath Springs. The caption with the picture tells readers that the Heath Springs Veterans Association plans to honor its veterans with an 18-foot monument.
As Paul Harvey would say, “Now for the rest of the story.”
This will be a veterans monument and not a memorial. The monument is for all Lancaster County veterans of all branches of service from the Spanish American War to the present day, which includes active-duty servicemen and women.
If one grew up in Lancaster County and now lives elsewhere, he or she is eligible to be listed on the monument. If one is a native of another state or county and now lives in Lancaster County, he or she is eligible to be listed on the monument.
All veterans means all veterans, reserve units, National Guard and Merchant Marines.
The cost to have a veteran’s name placed on the monument is $250. If you’re not a veteran and you would like to support the project you can buy a brick paver for $100 with your name or company name on the brick. All contributions are tax deductible. The association is registered with the secretary of state for South Carolina and is an approved 501(c)(3).
Our current registration of 132 veterans has come from word of mouth and placement of brochures in the county. Of the 132 veterans registered, only about a dozen are from the city of Lancaster. We know there are hundreds from Lancaster, Buford and Indian Land who need to have information concerning the monument.
The veterans committee invites you to be a part of our team and tell Lancaster County the rest of the story as often as you can.
Charles M. Ussery
Heath Springs Area Veterans Monument vice president