Waverly Legislator Ray Case appealed recently to local government boards, businesses, local clubs, and the general public to donate to the Memorial Monument Fund.

He stated that Bill Chandler of the Vietnam Veterans of America recently approached the county legislature to explain the project and request a donation.

Chandler said he is with VFW Post 1371 and will be reaching out to the other veterans groups including the Waverly VFW with the intent of procuring funds through those organizations as well as various service clubs, businesses, government, and the general public.

The group intends to raise $30,000 to erect a second World War II monument so that the 25 veterans who gave their lives and are not included in the stone engravings can be included. He intends to construct a monument for those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. He further indicated there are four Tioga County Medal of Honor recipients who have been identified and he intents to construct an monument honoring those recipients. Two additional flags will also be installed behind the monuments.

Case said it is unusual to find families who have not been touched by the loss of a family member or other loved one. He said we all have an opportunity to show our respect and gratitude for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the liberties we enjoy. He said he is confident the people of Waverly and Barton will rise to the occasion along with the rest of the county in honoring our fallen soldiers.

Case said the veterans hope to have the monuments constructed by Memorial Day. He stated the County legislature will allocate $2,000 to the effort and is aware some individual legislators have already privately donated to the cause. Contributions can be sent to VFW Post 1371, 207 Main Street, Owego, NY 13827. Checks can be made out to "Memorial Monument Fund." For further information, Mr. Chandler can be reached at 222-6357.