A Towering Tribute: To Those Who Serve

Cobb Veterans Memorial Sign Unveiling

The Cobb Veterans Memorial began its life as a tangible part of Cobb County’s future on July 3rd. The Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation gathered Friday morning ahead of the July 4th holiday to unveil the signage announcing the memorial.

Attendance included supporters from the community; Mayor Tumlin from the City of Marietta; Cobb County Commissioners JoAnn Birrell, Lisa Cupid, and Keli Gambrill; as well as Cobb Veteran Memorial Foundation (CVMF) Board members to bring attention to the Memorial park, the work of the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation and to recognize its value to the local, state and national cultural landscape and explain to the crowd that the purpose of the Cobb Veterans Memorial is, in simplest terms, a tribute to service.

Notable statements were made by Commissioner Birrell, who announced a million-dollar item on the Cobb SPLOST agenda to help build the memorial; and CVMF Project Manager Brian O’Malley, who reinforced the need for unity and service to the nation as current events are fractious. More pointedly, O’Malley stated that his personal commitment, and that of the the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation Board, is to the veterans of Cobb County and “a labor of love.”

Brian’s presentation was followed by CVMF Executive Director Dan Valentine on the fund-raising effort. Dan explained that, while his intent was not to use this event for fund-raising purposes, the effort is very much underway. He explained that his immediate focus is to solicit high dollar contributions but that smaller givers are encouraged to participate.

Read more at the Marietta Daily Journal.

Givers can become a part of this mission by visiting the Cobb Veterans Memorial website.

A day to remember!

Honoring Veterans: High Hopes for Cobb Memorial

AJC Article on Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation gathered in hopes that after four long years of hard work and some delays, they can move forward on their mission.
 
The construction date is set for 2020 and they hope to begin fundraising very soon. County-approved seed money was released to the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation last week and private donations are expected to fund the rest of the memorial construction. 

Read the full AJC story HERE.

‘Tribute to Service’ Group seeks $3.5 million for veterans memorial in Cobb

Tribute to Service

MARIETTA — One year
from today, the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation aims to open what they
say would be the county’s first monument to servicemen and women of the
past, present and future.

Formed
in 2014 by Commission Chairman Tim Lee, the foundation is composed of
local community leaders who have served in the military and county
staff. Its vision is a $3.5 million memorial to be built on about 2.5
acres along Fairground Street behind the Cobb County Central Aquatic
Center, not far from the county’s Civic Center.

“The reason basically is to say, ‘Thank you.’ Veterans don’t often hear that, they don’t hear it often enough, and I think it’s time that we as a county step up and say ‘Thank you’ to all the veterans and all the families for their sacrifice and all of the things they do for us every day,” said retired Maj. Gen. James Bankers, who is serving as president of the foundation. (read more…)

Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation Receives $2000

Marine Corps League presents check to Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

On June 3, 2017, Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation received a $2000 check from the Marine Corps League. Marine Corps League, Lance Corporal Skip Wells Detachment 647 Commandant Tony Gasper presenting a donation to Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation President/CEO Major General Jim Bankers, U.S. Air Force Retired. Also at the presentation ceremony are (from left to right) ninety-eight (98) year old Harry Kone, WWII and Guadalcanal survivor; Donna Rowe, former U. S. Army Captain and Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee; Master Gunnery Sergeant Art Dunlea, USMC Retired; Cobb County District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott; General Bankers; Commandant Gasper; Gunnery Sergeant Ruben Scott, U. S. Marine Corps Retired; Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation Treasurer/CFO Captain David Hambrick, U. S. Marine Corps Retired; and kneeling is Sergeant Jason Rusk.

Chapter 1 Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance Presents A Donation

Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance Donates to Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

Chapter 1 Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance presents a $1000 donation. President Al Heflin presented a donation to the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation Team (CVFM), from left to right is Cobb County District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott, CVMF President & CEO Major General Jim Bankers, U.S. Air Force Retired Al Heflin, CVMF Treasurer & CFO Captain David Hambrick, U. S. Marine Corps Retired and Donna Rowe, former U. S. Army Captain and Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee.

Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation Off to A Great Start

GVVA Donates to Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

FEB 8, 2017: Cobb Veterans Memorial off to a great start. Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance Foundation (GVVA) President David Hambrick (left), and GVVA Chapter 1 Director Donna Rowe (right) present a $5,000 donation to the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation to get it started. The newly incorporated Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation President, Major General James Bankers, donated $5,000 from his personal funds as well.