CITY OF JASPER – CITY CEMETERY – SERVICE MEMORIAL
1. Repainting all the crosses
2. Replacing the outdoor carpet around the crosses
3. Redoing how we display the individual soldier stone markers.
Fortunately we have received wonderful donations from a number of folks to help with the costs of the rehab work and we will be able to complete all 3 needed repairs!
Jerry & Janine Aaland donated funds to get all the crosses repainted! This was actually completed last spring before the whole Covid mess which delayed the other two needed repairs. The crosses were sandblasted and then repainted with commercial car paint, they look terrific! Thanks to Jerry and Janine!
The old outdoor carpet will be replaced with artificial turf secured from a turf company in the Twin Cities. We are hoping to pick up the new turf before the end of May. We were fortunate enough to received donated funds from Stan and Wayne Williamson and Wayne’s two boys Rusty & Jason to pay for the new turf! Thank you to Stan, Wayne, Rusty and Jason!
The last repair to be done is to temporarily remove the individual soldier stone markers, build new sloped cement platforms which will have metal frames around the outside to hold the stone markers and then replace the stone markers within the frames. This should help to keep the stone markers cleaner, easier to visualize and drain off any rain and other moisture. Again we were able to secure enough donated funds to pay for all of this part of the project rehab. We received donations from Marv Hey, Chuck Hey, Bill Sexton and David & Phyllis Smith! Thanks to Marv, Chuck, Bill, David and Phyllis!
A special “Thank You” to Terry Skyberg for all of his annual work and maintenance on the memorial keeping the stone markers cleaned, hosing and blowing off the cement and carpet areas and putting up and taking down all the flags for the past 20 years! Thank you Terry!
We want to thank all of these generous folks for all of their donations to make these essential repairs to be made! We are hoping to have all of the repairs completed by July 1st!
Finally as there are always ongoing costs and needed repairs we would like to start a “City of Jasper Service Memorial Preservation Fund”. The money in this fund will help with annual costs going forward and to help maintain the wonderful “Service Memorial” we have at the entrance of the City of Jasper Cemetery. One good example of annual costs is the purchase of seven flags for the memorial each year. On the recognition wall there are 7 flag poles that fly flags majority of the year and they need to be replaced each year. If you would like to make a donation to the “City of Jasper Service Memorial Preservation Fund” please mail your check to: City of Jasper, P.O. Box 277, Jasper, MN 56144. Please make your check payable to “City of Jasper Service Memorial Preservation Fund”.
Thank you in advance for your generous donations!!