As the deconstruction of the existing drawbridge continues to make way for the new Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge in Daytona Beach, the Volusia County Council unanimously agreed to establish a Veterans Memorial Fund at its Sept. 22 meeting.
Donations to the fund will be used to construct a $1.2 million Veterans Memorial Plaza, which will be built on the northwest side of the bridge. Donations will be held in escrow by the county for five years, at which time the county will construct as much of the proposed plaza as donations permit.
The creation of the Veterans Memorial Plaza was discussed by residents and community leaders during the public input phase of creating the new Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge. The plaza will serve as a special place in the community to honor veterans from Volusia County, all branches of the military and those who have fallen in a military conflict. It will also provide a location for local veteran organizations to host military ceremonies and celebrations.
To make a donation to help fund the creation of the Veterans Memorial Plaza, please contact Volusia County Accounting at 386-736-5933 or send a check made payable to Volusia County, 123 W. Indiana Ave., Room 302, DeLand, FL 32720 and note on the check Veterans Memorial Donation.
For more information, visit www.volusia.org/veteransmemorialbridge.com.