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The members of the Cayuga County Veterans Memorial Committee are asking for your help. We are attempting to raise $75,000 to erect a permanent memorial to honor our Vietnam veterans in Cayuga County and in particular to honor our 28 fellow Vietnam veterans who lost their lives while serving in Vietnam. This forever lasting memorial will also serve as a tribute to all Vietnam veterans who served in Vietnam and returned but later died as a direct result of their service, and this will be called the “In Memory Honor Roll.”

It is our intention to develop a memorial that will act as an educational tool, as well as an ongoing remembrance of the continued sacrifices of those who returned home and whose families struggle with the ongoing trauma of their returning warrior. We wish to ensure that “Never again will one generation of Veterans abandon another generation of Veterans.”

Our memorial will be permanent and located in the town of Brutus, in Cayuga County at the Centerport Aqueduct Park located on Route 31 between the communities of Port Byron and Weedsport. We are pleased to inform you that we have formed an exempt “Public Charity under Federal Income Tax Regulations, under U.S.C. section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are deductible under section 170 of the code.” We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the tax code. Upon receiving any donated funds related to this project we will mail you the necessary receipt in accordance with the IRS guidance. All our Vietnam veterans would be honored if you could help us raise the much needed funds for our long overdue memorial honoring our fellow veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

If you choose to help, please send your donations to the Cayuga County Veterans Memorial Committee, P.O. Box 1484, Auburn, NY 13021. Please know that any and all donations will be so very much appreciated. Any questions please contact Nicholas Valenti at (315) 252-4535, Lou Patti at (315) 567-53954 or Retired Sheriff Dave Gould at (315) 246-3042.

Dave Gould

Fleming

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