Work continued this week on Post 50’s veterans garden, a first-of-its-kind memorial to local veterans located in front of the American Legion building in Laurinburg.
The garden site, which was an open field in March when ground was first broken on the project, has now grown to include paved walkways, flag poles for the flags of each of the branches of the American Armed Services and — added this week — a picket fence along the garden’s boundary.
When completed the garden will feature a memorial wall, with each brick bearing the name of a veteran or current member of the armed forces.
“It’s really coming along,” said Post 50’s Dan Skamperele, adding that donations to the project have exceeded expectations, with over 400 bricks sponsored so far.
Landscaping work will continue this month and construction on the wall is expected to begin within the next two months.
The project has been funded entirely by donations and brick sponsorships.
Once wall construction has commenced, Post 50 will continue to accept brick sponsorships as there is room at the site for additional walls.
To have a brick engraved with the name of a past or present armed service member contact Post 50’s Jimmy Bennett at 610-5204 or Dewey Pittman at 276-8058. The cost per brick is $50.