The Ball is Rolling, Help it Gather Speed
The Murphy Historical Society hosted a Murphy Veterans Tribute Reception on August 18, at the Murphy Community Center. The come and go event was well attended. Attendees were invited to visit with local veterans, celebrate the vision of the Murphy Veterans Tribute and view the final renderings of the tribute during this reception.
Explaining the origin of the Murphy Veterans Tribute, Mary Pat Elledge, Committee Chairman of Murphy Veterans Tribute said, “Dwayne (Mary Pat’s husband) and I have lived in Murphy for over 15 years, and we try to visit Veteran sites and memorials when we travel. Several years ago we talked about a Veterans Tribute in Murphy, as other cities our size have them.....I started asking around for other interest, and it seemed we had a lot of people that might join in this.” The first effort to find like-minded individuals occurred in November 2016, at a Murphy Chamber meeting which honored Veterans. She invited those who were interested to meet and explore the idea of a tribute to all Veterans in Murphy.
Murphy Veterams Glenn Davison and Lou Diamond
Many Veterans attended the Aug. 18 event including Glenn Davison (Murphy), Lou Diamond (Murphy), Dwayne Elledge (Murphy) and Chuck Scholander (Wylie). Each of these four veterans shared why they would like to see the Murphy Veterans Tribute come to fruition. Davison (navy) said, “A lot of people are my age in the community. I assume a lot of them are Veterans. This will give them a good place to reflect on what Veterans sacrificed.” Diamond (army) said, “People need to understand the sacrifice military go through so citizens can enjoy the freedom they have. This (memorial) is great for education for the kids. They will learn things they might not learn in school.” Dwayne Elledge (army) said, “Vietnam vets all need to have a little special attention given to them, and this does that.” Scholander (army infantry) said, “We need to appreciate what we have because we get used to it. Our freedom is taken for granted. We need to stand up for our flag because of the price that was paid.”
Murphy Veterans Chuck Scholander and Dwayne Elledge
Regarding the event, Mary Pat Elledge said, “"We were so happy with the community turn out for our fundraising effort, and we considered this to be a very successful event. We raised some money, we had people sign up for “Honor Pavers" for our tribute entryway and we brought this project into the public’s view. We now really need volunteers to help with writing grants, fundraising ideas and brainstorming for future events to raise funds for the tribute.”
They have many upcoming fundraising ideas. Mary Pat invites those attending Maize Days on September 29, at Murphy Central Park to stop by their booth and see their progress. They are excited to announce that DAWGS, a local social media group, has chosen Murphy Veterans Tribute as the recipient of their annual fundraiser which is a very popular family photo shoot. (The dates for the photo shoot will be in November. More information will be available closer to the date.)
The Murphy Veterans Tribute will be located on a 100’x100’ tract near the entrance to Murphy Central Park. The land was donated by the City of Murphy.
The Murphy Historical Society is seeking assistance in support of this project, whether it be monetary, materials or in-kind donations. They are a 501( c) (3) organization, donations are tax deductible. Please see go to Murphyhistoricalsociety.org to find out more information or contact Donna Jenkins, President of the Murphy Historical Society, at email@example.com for other ways you can help make the Murphy Veterans Tribute a reality.
The public is welcome to come to the Murphy Historical Society meetings at 6:30p.m.each fourth Tuesday in the Community Room in the South Entrance at City Hall.