Bricks Sales for Memorial Pavilion Exceed Goal

Published 06/24 2013 06:33PM

Updated 06/24 2013 06:39PM


More than two years ago, former Wichita County Veteran Services Officer Glen Eickman decided to honor vets buried in the Wichita County Cemetery.

He passed away in November 2011 but his dream to honor vets with a memorial pavilion lives on and it's garnering support that coordinators say is overwhelming.

This concrete pad at the Wichita County Cemetery is the beginning of a dream come true-- a dream started more than two years ago by Glen Eickman.

"He did the research on the graveyard out here and discovered there was either 58 or 59 veterans buried out here and that's what gave him the idea to start the Pavilion," says Dick Crislip with the North Texas Veterans Council.

This artist rendition shows how the pavilion will look but coordinators say what it does not show are dozens of engraved memorial bricks.

"On the memorial back there, there's an indenture on the perimeter. That holds 232 bricks and we've sold that many so we have that," explains Crislip.

The drawing also does not show a special tribute to the man who started this project.

"What they're gonna do is build the monument portion that will be on the slab and that will actually... when we do the dedication... we're trying to work out the mechanics of that... but Glen's ashes will be placed in that," says Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom.

An ultimate tribute to a man who worked tirelessly for veterans.

Coordinators say they have actually over sold memorial bricks but they won't go to waste.

In fact, they're still selling them, which county officials say will either be used in a walkway or be incorporated into memorial benches.

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