At the regular town board meeting Monday night, Cornelius firefighters presented to Mayor Jeff Tarte and the Board of Commissioners a check for $1644 to go towards construction of the Veterans Memorial Monument at Rotary Plaza.
The money was raised through ticket sales, food sales and donations during the Guns vs. Hoses charity softball game May 7. The third annual charity softball game, between the Cornelius Police Department ‘Guns’ and Fire Department ‘Hoses’, drew out dozens of community members to Legion Park where, in an upset, the Guns clenched the title over the reigning champs. But while the teams fought for bragging rights, they never lost sight of their cause – to raise money for the monument.
Thanks to the money raised at the game and at other community events, as well as donations from individuals and community groups over the last year, the town was able to break ground on the veterans monument during a special Memorial Day celebration May 28 at the monument site, behind Town Hall near the intersection of Hwy. 115 and Catawba Avenue. The total project cost is around $165,000, and the town has nearly met its fundraising goal. Town officials plan to celebrate Veterans Day this fall at the site of the completed monument.