Wall of Heroes to recognize Prince County service persons who died while serving
SUMMERSIDE — A fundraising campaign was kicked off earlier today to begin the second phase of project at Credit Union Place’s Veterans Convention Centre honouring the area’s war veterans.
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Bob Steele looks on as Wayne Wright shows a sketch of a brass statue that will be erected at the Veterans Convention Centre at Credit Union Place as part of Phase 2 of a memorial to Prince County veterans. Fundraising has begun for the project, which will also include a Wall of Honour and other components. Summerside and Area Historical Society, in partnership with the Lest We Forget Committee, the RCAFA 200 Wing and the Summerside Legion, is spearheading the project.
A group gathered Thursday morning at the facility to announce its plans to fundraise in excess of $250,000 to install a living memorial to Prince County veterans outside the convention centre.
The project is a collaborative effort of several groups, including the Summerside Legion and the Lest We Forget Committee, but is being spearheaded by the Summerside and Area Historical Society.
The central piece of the project will be brass statue, which has been sketched and will be done by local artist, Wayne Wright. The statue will depict fallen Prince Edward Island soldiers Warrant Officer Frank Mellish and Captain Nichola Goddard, both who were killed in action in Afghanistan, flanking a young Afghan girl.
Goddard was the first female soldier killed in Afghanistan on May 17, 2006, in the Panjwayi District of Afghanistan.
Mellish, a native of Summerside who grew up in the city and in Kensington, was killed on Sept. 3, 2006, while deployed in Afghanistan.
In addition to the statue, brass plaques will be erected, part of what is being called the Wall of Heroes, with the help of donations from the public and, hopefully, support of community organizations, businesses and government, honouring Prince County men and women who lost their lives in battle.
The hope is to have the memorial in place by November 2014.
Other aspects of the memorial will include photos and video of veterans of the First, Second and Korean Wars, Afghanistan and other conflicts, who returned home to their loved ones and are still living or have since passed away.
Those involved say it will be a living memorial, with components added and changes made based on the repsonse from the public.
A mail-out campaign will begin in the coming days and weeks and public meetings will be held throughout Prince County to gauge and garner community support for the project.
For more on this story, see Friday’s print edition of the Journal Pioneer.