True to its mission of honoring local military veterans, the Rose-Harms American Legion Post in Grafton has embarked on a constructive project.
It’s a plan in which the community is invited to participate — piece by piece.
Orders are being taken for the legion’s Memorial Brick Campaign, through which bricks engraved with the names of veterans will be placed in a dedicated space in front of the Legion hall, 1540 13th Ave.
“We think it will be a really nice way to honor our veterans for their years of service,” Legion Commander Ken Kasprzak said.
The 12-by-12-foot memorial space beneath the hall’s flagpoles can accommodate hundreds of bricks, which are being sold in two sizes: 4 by 8 inches and 8 by 8 inches.
The cost, which includes engraving, is $50 for a 4-by-8 brick with three lines and $100 for an 8-by-8 with six lines. Memorial messages can be included with the names of honorees.
As of late February, Kasprzak said, the post had sold about 50 4-by-4 bricks and 25 8-by-8s.
Kasprzak said the project was inspired by a similar endeavor at Coal Dock Park in Port Washington, where commemorative bricks were installed in a World War II memorial. That project was planned and completed by volunteers from the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight and Port residents.
“They did a great job with that, and when we were brainstorming for ideas, we thought we could do something similar in Grafton,” Kasprzak said.
Overseeing the Rose-Harms project is a committee that includes Amy Luft of the Legion Auxiliary, Bill Riedl of the Sons of the Legion and Legion members Ralph Beck and Neil Mertz.
Plans call for the brick memorial to be dedicated June 12. To be installed by that date, bricks must be ordered by April 1.
Certificates are available for bricks purchased as gifts.
Online order forms are available at www.graftonlegion.org.
For more information, call the Legion at 377-8887 or contact Kasprzak at 618-4925 or
ORDERS ARE BEING taken by the Rose-Harms American Legion Post in Grafton for its memorial brick campaign. The project — which is being overseen by a committee of Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion members — will place bricks engraved with the names of veterans and memorial messages in a dedicated space in front of the Legion hall, 1540 13th Ave. Legion Commander Ken Kasprzak held a sample brick as he was joined outside the hall by Auxiliary member Amy Luft and Legion member Neil Mertz. Photo by Sam Arendt