Groundbreaking ceremony set for women vets monument

Groundbreaking ceremony set for women vets monument

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Groundbreaking ceremony set for women vets monument

By MIKE COOK

Las Cruces Bulletin

The United Military Women of the Southwest (UMWSW) will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the women veterans monument at the Las Cruces Veterans Park, 2651 N. Roadrunner Parkway, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept.

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The Las Cruces City Council accepted $406,500 in state capital appropriation funding in November 2014 to construct the monument.

“The United Military Women of the Southwest, working with a volunteer architect, developed a concept for the monument,” according to city documents. “From that concept the city, working with an engineering consultant, has completed construction documents and is in the process of procuring construction services. The monument will include sculptures of six service women representing all the branches of service and several eras during which women served in the military.

Two shade structures will frame the monument and cultured stone will clad the walls. Construction is anticipated to start in early September, with completion, including installation of the sculptures, anticipated in late summer 2017.”

“A committee of military women commissioned the work of architect Patricia Decker from a firm in El Paso to develop the concept plan and rendering” for the monument, according to city documents. “The (city) Veteran’s Affairs Advisory Board and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board both approved the concept and location.”

UMWSW, a nonprofit, “is an organization of women veterans that support women veterans who have served or are currently serving our country,” according to http:// umwsw.weebly.com/.

“Our focus is to provide a helping hand, to provide general information, along with liaison to community services which can assist with help as needed for women veterans and their family.”

For more information, call Debra Tallent at 521-3831 or 640-3902 or email her at deb_tallent@hotmail.com. You can also call 639-1265. Visit http:// umwsw.weebly.com/ and find them on Facebook.

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