Mark Miller LLC donated $30,000 to the future Bloomfield Veterans Memorial late last week. Organizer Joe Skrivan accepted the check.
“Joe has put so much work into the memorial, we are just glad to help,” said Kelly Kumm, CFO.
Miller’s company has been looking for some ways to help the community recently.
“The last project we helped with was the weight room,” Kumm said.
The memorial will house black granite stones etched with Bloomfield veterans’ names. With an amazing amount of names flooding in to Skrivan to be etched on the stones, the original plans for the memorial have had to be shifted.
He has added another stone for names, as the original four stones proved not to be enough. Five stones will hold 1,500 names.
“I already have 1,202 names to go on the stones, and I haven’t been to Center to collect names from their records, yet,” Skrivan said.
The stone addition along with other unexpected costs, the project budget has gone up.
Mark Miller LLC caught wind of the need for donations and asked Skrivan how much was needed to make up the difference for the new costs.
The $30,000 will cover the new stone, stainless steel benches, an entrance sign and some other things that were upgraded.
Because of the overwhelming amount of names Skrivan has received, he is unsure how fast the new stones will fill with names. Although Mark Miller LLC filled a huge hole in the budget, Skrivan is still looking to collect extra donations to go towards etching names in the future, possible extra stones and future upkeep.
This memorial will be round in shape, with a walkway leading to the circle. There will be a brown marble stone with a verse and a black granite stone for POW/MIA upon entering the memorial. In the center of the circle, a red stone will be dedicated to those who have earned Purple Hearts. The black granite stones that will adorn all the veterans’ names will make a horseshoe around the circle.
“Millers proves to be a huge asset to this community,” Skrivan said. “This memorial project wouldn’t be possible without the amazing people and businesses from this community.”