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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…)
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 $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.
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.