Clinton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post holds 9/11 fundraiser

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CLINTON — Clinton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9591 is supporting the construction of the Sept. 11, 2001, Memorial dedicated to the Eastern Air Defense Sector’s mission and its airmen.

The memorial will be centered around a 9/11 survivor tree on the EADS compound at Griffiss Business and Technology Park, and will be comprised of customized bricks available for purchase online.

Clinton VFW’s current plan includes a walkway and reflection space adjacent to the survivor tree.

The space will have two benches and a bronze plaque dedicating the space.

“The current plans require a total of 1,000 bricks, so every donation helps,” said Clinton VFW member Carter Matherly. The deadline for purchasing a brick will be July 4, so the memorial can be installed by Sept. 11.

There are a variety of bricks and donation options available from a standard 4-by-8 red brick up to 12-by-12 black granite. Donors can choose from clipart or upload their own line artwork and even add a replica tile keepsake that will ship to their home.

These replicas are 4-by-4 engraved tiles with the same images and wording of the one that will be placed in the memorial.

“The bricks really make this a unique memorial,” said Matherly. “Anyone, from individuals and families to businesses wishing to support the memorial, can purchase a brick (https://polarengraving.com/easternairdefensesector) and have a message and image of their choosing engraved on it.”

He said, “Many have chosen to memorialize loved ones’ lives and service to the nation and local communities. My wife and I are donating a brick to commemorate the birth of our first child in May of 2020. Others have donated bricks with words of support to the men and women of the Armed Forces and New York Air National Guard.”

When it comes to donating a brick, individuals can make the message as personal as they wish.

“We just ask that the messages be positive,” Matherly said. “We also have a special ‘9/11 memorial’ option that allows individuals to donate without having to fuss over a specific message. These bricks will be placed in memory of someone who perished in the attacks and my team will handle all of the details and name selection.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the memorial directly can do so through the Clinton VFW or by emailing Matherly to coordinate at Carter.Matherly@gmail.com.

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