The Westfield Optimist Club presented the first major contribution in support of the Westfield Veterans Fund and Viet Nam Veterans Memorial during their monthly meeting at Echo Lake Country Club in April.  Members of the organization again demonstrated their commitment to community service by providing financial support for the Eagle Scout project of Luke Gibbons from Westfield Troop 73 and the newly formed Westfield Veterans Memorial Fund nonprofit organization. 

Luke Gibbons’ Eagle Scout project is to plan, design and construct a memorial honoring the 11 Westfield soldiers who served in Viet Nam and lost their lives in the war.  

The proposed design was inspirited by the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington, DC.  The project entails the design and installation of the structure, landscaping, walkway, lighting and flagpoles.  Groundbreaking ceremonies are expected this Memorial Day and anticipated project completion and dedications is scheduled for Veterans Day 2011.

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The Westfield Veterans Memorial Fund was established to recognize, honor and serve all Westfield veterans and will administer the funding for the Memorial project. 

For additional information about the Westfield Veterans Fund and the Westfield Viet Nam Veterans Memorial, contact Keith Gibbons at WestfieldVeteransFund@gmail.com or www.WestfieldVeteransFund.com

For information about the Optimist Club of Westfield, contact Michael Walsh at optimist@westfieldnj.com.