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Vet Town Hall, protecting Civil War monuments on agenda in Fair Haven

Community input session on strategic development initiatives in Downtown Fair Haven, which involved discussion on the Civil War Cannon (in background), a monument in the downtown district. Vermont Veterans Tribute Task Force (VVTTF) founder Joshua Ferguson shared interest in ensuring that the Civil War monument is well-preserved while re-imagining downtown to enhance safety and economic growth.

On Thursday, July 22, the Vermont Veterans Tribute Task Force will hold a Veterans Town Hall at the Veterans Memorial Park in Downtown Fair Haven from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Hometown Heroes is a community partner of the Vermont Veterans Tribute Task Force (VVTTF) formed by Joshua Ferguson. Hometown Heroes and the VVTTF invites members of the public to discuss topics relating to veterans in the community and to participate in a POW-MIA Vigil.

“We encourage everyone to revel in the fact that our Republic is 245 years young this July. We look onward to celebrating 250 years of advancing those truths edified by our Declaration of Independence, defending our Constitution, and the steadfast responsibility to form a more perfect Union,” Ferguson said. “Vermonters have taken this responsibility to heart, having assumed a highly regarded patriotic role from the Revolution to the Global War on Terror. It is our aim to honor Vermont in that light.”

Ferguson further noted the significance of community-based organizations such as senior centers that bring volunteers and experts together in support of the veteran community around the state.

The Veterans Town Hall will provide an opportunity for service members and the public to learn more about efforts to commemorate and honor as well as support veterans. During the town hall, Stockwell will collect new names of heroes to be honored on the Hometown Heroes memorial that will be raised alongside memorials in the park. Other topics will be discussed, including the preservation of existing memorials, support of the Civil War Cannon monument to remain in its current location, along with a regular POW-MIA Vigil. 

At the conclusion of the town hall an overview of the first Vermont Veterans Tribute will follow. The tribute location is the corner of Main Street and Liberty Street, on the south-facing wall of the building housing the Wooden Soldier, owned by veteran Kevin Durkee (USMC) of Fair Haven. It was designed with the input of veterans, historians, and members of the community.

Durkee said, “It’s important for younger generations to know the sacrifice of veterans.”

Honoring Vermont veterans, the Vermont Veterans Tribute Task Force was formed by Joshua Ferguson. This statement is co-authored by 2Lt Benjamin Howard, VVTTF Task Force Member, USAF Academy, Class of 2021. Contact the VVTTF at VVTTF@mail.com

Residents of Fair Haven and neighboring communities are invited to contribute and take the opportunity to recognize heroes dedicated by the Hometown Heroes Honor Roll. Contact Emily Stockwell (vt_pagirl@yahoo.com), Founder of Hometown Heroes, to receive a letter requesting permission for inclusion on the honor roll and memorial information.

Send donations to Hometown Heroes at 200 Main Street, Poultney, VT 05764. 

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  1. Well said Mr. Durkee: Durkee said, “It’s important for younger generations to know the sacrifice of veterans.” and what Mr. Ferguson said ” . . . We look onward to celebrating 250 years of advancing those truths edified by our Declaration of Independence, defending our Constitution, and the steadfast responsibility to form a more perfect Union”.

    We must keep real History alive in every generation to continue to stay Free and maintain our Liberty. We must always defend the republic.

    “Thank You” to all who have sacrificed for Freedom and continue to do so.

    Liberty is from God not men.

  2. Congratulations to 2Lt Howard, Mr. Joshua Ferguson, Mr. Durkee, and community partners. Your work and input in this arena is desperately needed in this country. Thank you for all you do for our veterans and all those serving around the world in uniform for the U.S.A. Thank you!!!!

  3. Congratulations 2Lt Howard, Mr. Joshua Ferguson, Mr. Durkee, and community partners! Your work and input in this arena is desperately needed in this country. Thank you for all you do for veterans and everyone around the world in the uniform of the U.S.A. Thank you!!!!

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