WWII Wall (1)Local military-fraternal organizations have embarked upon an aggressive fundraising effort to expand the Veterans Memorial Park located just west of Locomotive Park in Old Town.

The Kingman Marine Corps League (MCL) Detachment 887 and the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council (JAVC) of Mohave County have partnered together to expand the memorial park and they garnered approval during 2014 from both Kingman City Parks Department and the Kingman City Council for the project.

According to Marine Corps League and JAVC officials, once the memorial park expansion project is completed, it will include three additional walls. One will be for World War II, one for Iraq and the last for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan WallThe WWII wall will contain the 885 names of Mohave County residents who proudly served during that war and according to officials, the names that will be contained on the wall were copied from the current WWII Honor Roll posted in the Mohave County Court House.

The Iraq and Afghanistan walls will list the names of Mohave County residents who proudly served our country who made the ultimate sacrifice during those wars.

“We have solicited several local businesses and craftsmen to construct the new additions to Veterans Memorial Park and all have agreed to help construct the new walls,” said MCL Detachment 887 Commandant and former Marine Terry Flanagan. “Some have volunteered to donate their time and others have offered to donate some materials, but we still need funding for the things that are not donated.

“Our goal is to raise $22,000 for the construction of the new walls.” Flanagan said. “Hopefully there will be enough caring people and businesses in Kingman and the surrounding areas that would like to support this most worthy undertaking.”

The JAVC is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization registered with the IRS under the noted EIN: 46-1967830 and all donations are tax deductable. The group has asked that anyone wanting to support the project can send their check to Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council Of Mohave County and write “memorial fund” on the remarks section of the check. Checks can be mailed to MCL Detachment 887, P.O. Box 6921, Kingman, Ariz. 86402 or JAVC, P.O. BOX 4463, Kingman, Ariz. 86402.

Individuals can also donate to the project through PayPal and by credit card. Interested donors can visit JAVC.org and follow the instructions contained on the “donations” tab. “Donating is as simple as a click away,” Flanagan said.

People who know of a Mohave County family member or friend who served in WWII, the group is asking people review the list of names contained on the JAVC’s website to ensure correctness.

If someone is aware of someone who resided in Mohave County and served during WWII that is not listed on the website’s “memorial” tab or if there is a misspelling of a particular name, they are requesting the information be provided to the MCL Detachment or JAVC at commandant@MCL887.org. According to the group’s officials, individuals submitting information should put “memorial names” in the subject line of the email.

Anyone wanting more information about the memorial park project, wants to donate materials, would like to donate financially or would like to be involved in either of the organizations, can contact Flanagan at commandant@MCL887.org, and call him at (928) 279-5807 and/or the JAVC’s website or call JAVC President Pat Farrell at (928) 753-5239.