Pavilion added at Cerro Gordo veterans memorial

Cerro Gordo’s Veterans Memorial Park continues to take shape. With seven flags representing the United States and its military branches erected last year at Griswold pond, the most recent addition is a pavilion that was completed on July 28 by Graber Buildings of Sullivan.

“We consider this a landmark,” said Jean-Paul Tertocha, who has helped with the project that was initiated two years ago.

Veterans Memorial Park also includes brick tiers with bronze emblems of the military branches.

Cerro Gordo Marine Corps veteran and Cerro Gordo resident Ivan Williams told the Journal-Republican last year that he “wondered why Cerro Gordo doesn’t have a veterans memorial,” then started doing something about it, helping raise money and doing some of the construction work on the site.

An anonymous donation funded the pavilion. The park itself was spearheaded by the Village of Cerro Gordo and the Cerro Gordo Community Foundation, whose cooperation made it possible for such progress to be made within two years.

“As a whole, we generally work together as a family to accomplish village goals,” added Tertocha. “(Village President) Brad Williams is a mover and a shaker, and thanks to his management we get things done fast.”

The park, located near the high school behind Dollar General, was also made possible when area farmer Allen Williams – no relation to Ivan – donated the land to the village, which dug the pond for the new park and constructed a walkway around its perimeter and the concrete pad for the pavilion.

Tertocha adds it is the least the town can do for its veterans both past and present.

“Each one of them who defended our freedom gave up a part of themselves, either physically or mentally. We owe them a great deal. I am proud to be a part of the Veterans Memorial,” he added.

Organizers also hope to add picnic tables and restroom facilities the area.

Memorial wall plaques can still be purchased at www.cgcommunityfoundation.org.

(Journal-Republican correspondent Christy Jankowski also contributed to this article).


 

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