Neosho Exchange Club nears fundraising goal for patriots memorial

45 thousand dollars of 55 thousand goal raised
Neosho Exchange Club nears fundraising goal for patriots memorial
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A fundraising campaign to upgrade a memorial in Neosho has almost reached its goal.

Back in July of 2018, the Neosho Exchange Club kicked off a fundraising campaign to turn the flag that sits off of highway 60 in Neosho into a patriots memorial.

The goal was 55-thousand dollars.. which would be used to replace concrete, add flags for each branch of the military, and memorials for fallen soldiers and first responders.

The club has now raised 45-thousand dollars, and a lot of work on the memorial is complete.

They’ve placed 21 yards worth of concrete, rewired all of the electrical lines for the memorial, put up new lights, and purchased many of the signs and flags that will be at the site.

Dave Padgett with the exchange club says they’ve gotten this far because of the community.

Dave Padgett, Neosho Exchange Club: “Once people heard about it, they just started sending money in and calling asking, ‘How can I donate to it’ We’ve had donations as little as 20 dollars, and you know those donations mean probably more to us than the five thousand dollar donations because typically that’s a citizen. When visitors come and they come down to that highway 60 corner and see this big memorial, they’ll know that the city of Neosho’s proud.”

The club still needs to raise between five and 8 thousand dollars to finish landscaping and add the flags and memorials to the site.

They hope to re-dedicate the memorial some time in May.