El Dorado County heralds one of the most well-planned and beautifully executed veterans’ memorial sites in the entire country.
Since 1997 an active, energetic group named the Friends of the Veterans Monument, led by Rich Buchanan of Placerville, has been creating this place to come reflect, to remember and to honor the men and women who have served in the armed services of the United States.Because the site is equipped with spectacular lighting, people visit day in and day out with families, friends, cameras and memories.
It is this site that is used several times each year for special events, complete with fly-overs that draw large crowds. Memorial benches are in place, but not enough to accommodate the growing attendance. More seating, a kiosk and another structure for troop listings are just part of the vision that continues to form in the minds of this group.
After sharing this vision with Hayden Cooksy, a young Eagle Scout hopeful, Hayden made the decision that his Eagle Scout project would be to have two benches dedicated to this site. He chose two benches so that he can designate “one to commemorate those who served in the ‘forgotten war’ in Korea and one to honor the more current conflicts in the Middle East spanning from 1980 to the present.”
The Scout is excited by the prospect of our entire community coming together to make this project a reality and proving to the “nearly 20,000 veterans here in El Dorado County that we care.”
A new fund, aptly named the Welcome Home Fund, has been created at the El Dorado Community Foundation. This fund will be advised by seven members of the community, and will be used in the ongoing efforts of the Friends of the Veterans Monument to enhance the site in a myriad of ways, including support for the Eagle Scout project, all aimed to provide our veterans with a permanent thanks and welcome home.
Gifts can be made to the El Dorado Community Foundation’s Welcome Home Fund any time in any amount by check to: PO Box 1388, Placerville 95667 or through the website at eldoradocf.org.
The El Dorado Community Foundation is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.