EOD Memorial Grounds Expansion
Almost since the beginning, we have received comments and suggestions from warriors, family members, and friends within the EOD community asking for a space where they may sit and reflect on our community, honor those no longer with us and celebrate those who continue to share our lives. This space and area will honor and include not only those currently on the EOD Wall but also those who continued an EOD life after separation or retirement and lost their life in that line of work, those that continued their struggle after deployments but never fully healed, those currently deployed, and those that had a significant meaning in someone’s life.
Without modifying or changing the current EOD Memorial, this plan will expand the grounds to include a separate area approximately 400 feet northeast of the EOD Wall. This will not impact the Memorial’s current appearance. Additionally, there will be no impact to the immediate troop assembly areas or walkways that surround the EOD Wall currently used for events such as the annual EOD Memorial Service and EOD Graduation Ceremonies.
The Remembrance Area will have several permanent benches surrounding a statue that represents the EOD warrior. This area will be inclusive of the various branches of service and all EOD warriors. We would also like to include items from the EOD community within a vault beneath the statue to tie together this community’s unique and exceptional past, present, and future. Additional information regarding the timeline and submission process for these items will be published in summer 2021.
Due to various donations and the lack of major engineering requirements, this new expansion has an estimated budget of $100,000. This includes all costs and supplies, such as needed permits, plantings, and pavers for the pathways. I am pleased to report that we have been able to incorporate these costs into our overall 2021 budget without causing a negative impact on our other programmatic areas or support for families.
Assuming planning and approvals continue to progress as projected, we hope to begin work on this new area in 2021 and complete this project in time for the 2022 EOD Memorial weekend. Updates will continue to be posted on the EODWF website and our social media and we look forward to sharing these with you and answering any questions you may have.
As always, we welcome your questions and feedback. You may contact our Executive Director, Nicole Motsek, directly at email@example.com or call our offices at 850.729.2336.