The Orange County Board of Commissioners added $15,000 to their 2017-18 budget to match donations for a future Orange County Veterans Memorial.
The memorial has been in development for five years, and recently the board decided to make it an Orange County Memorial rather than just a Chapel Hill memorial. The project will honor those who have or are currently serving in any of the U.S. Military branches.
Whether given by large groups or individuals, the memorial is funded by community member donations that are tax deductible. The Orange County Board of Commissioners will match the donations up to the $15,000 they allocated in their budget. The Veterans Committee is hoping to make the memorial a communal space with walking trails and exhibits.
The project should be finished in about a year if donations are given at the same rate, said Lee Heavlin, a retired Master Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy and a member of the Veterans Memorial Committee.
The committee is composed of veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq; the group meets on a regular basis to discuss funding and design of the memorial.