The completion of this three-phased project is dependent on community donations and grant funding. Your donation, made either online or mailed, will help achieve the goal of $400K for Phase I which is the centerpiece and most expensive part of the Memorial.
July 2021 - Founders 200 Club Created
The Board of Directors of the Veterans and First Responders Memorial at Fairfield Glade is excited to announce the launching of the Founders 200 Club, a new category of giving through which donors will be permanently recognized at the Robin Hood Park site of the Memorial.
This Club will be for the first 200 individuals, businesses or organizations that make a tax-deductible donation of $1,000 or more to the Memorial. They will then be automatically enrolled in the Founders 200 Club and will become a part of a permanent display listing the names of the Founders 200 Club.
This Club is a critical part of the success of the Memorial. While many other forms of donations are appreciated and vitally important to our success, this Club will provide the core support needed to assure the construction of a meaningful and well-built Memorial. The Board of Directors is committed to ensure the Memorial is a fitting tribute to those who have served or are currently serving us in a military or first responder capacity, providing for our safety and well-being and most importantly, protecting our freedoms.
The Memorial complex will consist of a Flag Plaza and a Memorial Garden. It is hoped that a groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Veterans Day this year with construction beginning at the Phase I “Flag Plaza” soon thereafter. This will be dependent upon our fundraising success.
For a more complete update on the plans and status of the Memorial and for details on how you can donate please visit our website at: . It will also provide more information on other forms of giving and donor recognition. This is an Internal Revenue Service approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
June 2021 - Project Update
In just a few months the ‘Veterans and First Responders Memorial at Fairfield Glade’ will start to be a reality with groundbreaking ceremonies scheduled for this fall. The Veterans and First Responders Memorial organization has spent 2 ½ years organizing and planning for this memorial. The purpose is to recognize and honor our veterans from all 7 branches of the military and to recognize and honor our first responders (Police, Fire Fighters, and Emergency Medical Technicians) who provide for the health, safety, and general well-being of our citizens.
Establishing the organization, writing by-laws, and recruiting members to serve on the Board were the first steps. The next challenge was having the organization chartered by the state of Tennessee and approved by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization. Finally, standing committees (Finance, Marketing, and Design and Construction) were formed. The decision was made at the beginning that this endeavor was to recognize individuals not just in Fairfield Glade (FFG) but throughout all of Cumberland County, Fairfield Glade was just the location of the proposed memorial. With that in mind, strong ties were built between the organization and Fairfield Glade.
Although starting was slow, the momentum grew. It was decided to divide the project into 3 Phases. Phase 1 would be a flag plaza displaying 14 various flags, Phase 2 would be a Commemorative/Refection Garden, and Phase 3 would be a pavilion in conjunction with FFG. To begin, designs were researched resulting in hiring an architect. A location over many months was approved between the VFR Memorial Board and the FFG Board. The designated area is on the edge of Robin Hood Park on the shore of Lake Catherine. All phases will include monuments recognizing events and organizations. In addition, personalized engraved bricks will be sold to individuals who would like to memorialize family members or loved ones.
We now approach the biggest challenge, raising funds. All monies raised will be private from individual donors, businesses, and foundations. We are convinced that the public will strongly support this meaningful cause. A dedicated website, www.vfrmemorial.com, has been designed to explain our purpose, show administrative actions taken, illustrate architectural renderings, host frequently asked questions (FAQ), list donors (individuals and businesses), and even how to donate funds. Selling individualize engraved bricks will begin this fall as well. Funds from brick sales will be used for buying, engraving, and installing the bricks. In addition, these funds will be used for the continued maintenance of the memorial grounds into the future.
We encourage all to review our website and want to thank everyone ahead of time for their support and donations for this worthwhile project! Your support will mean much to our veterans, active-duty personnel and first responders.