Elgin Raises Money for Proposed Military Salute

Elgin, SC ( WLTX) - Elgin leaders are raising money to put a military Salute of eight flags at a new park on the corner of Main Street and Green Hill Road.

Construction is about to begin on Potter Community Park, and Mayor Pro Tem Melissa Emmons said residents came to her pointing out that the county lacked any sort of memorial for the military around six months ago.

"We have Shaw Air Force Base, we have McEntire, we have Fort Jackson," said Emmons. "I work at a local elementary school and we have military families transferring in weekly. So what better place to recognize the military?"

After using Aynor's Military Salute as a guide, the town council passed the $8,000 project. Not long after, the Camden-Lugoff Elks Lodge donated $1,550 and others verbally committed to giving seven of the eight flags.

"Anytime we can devote a series of flags or places where veteran's services are displayed for the public to understand what we do and what we've done for America as a whole, it's very important to us as veterans," said Richard Wagner, who serves on the Camden-Lugoff Elks Lodge Board of Trustees.

Despite the generosity of many, there is still around $6,000 needed until the project is fully funded.

"The flags? That was the easy part. The hardest part are the poles," said Emmons. "The poles are extremely expensive, they range anywhere from $500 to $800 each so we're reaching out to organizations."

Emmons plans to officially raise the flags during a dedication ceremony on Memorial Day and both her and Wagner say they're confident they'll meet their goal by then.

To donate towards the Military Salute, email Emmons at Melissa.Emmons@townofelginsc.com.


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