Veteran’s Memorial project for Prosper gets its first corporate boost

Friday was a good day for Prosper with the addition of a second grocery store when Kroger officially opened its doors at the second Prosper site for the supermarket chain. And in honor of the ribbon cutting event, Kroger donated $2,000 to help get the Veteran’s Memorial budget campaign moving.

Jack Dixon and Cap Perry, both military veterans, accepted the donation on behalf of the Prosper Historical Society. Dixon and Perry, as a subcommittee of the Prosper Historical Society, have been working toward this project for almost five years and confess there were times when they wondered if it would ever happen 

“This was the first corporate donation and we hope there will be many, many more,” Dixon said.

Getting the location established was a long ordeal and several sites were considered before the Prosper Town Council settled on a location in Frontier Park inside a paved walkway that forms a 100-foot circle. “It’s all going to fit perfectly,” Dixon said. “It’s a perfect spot for us and it’s going to look great there.”

Brad Nichols, grandson to Bill Hays, former President of the Historical Society, has taken up the torch for fundraising in honor of his grandfather, also a veteran, who died in December 2016.

Earlier in the year Bill Hays, Perry and Dixon approached Mark DeMattia and “made me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” he said. “Both Dr. Goddard [who recently accepted the superintendent job at Red Oak ISD] and I agreed to jump in.”

DeMattia says it’s a continuing success story. “It’s not just a partnership between the Town and the Historical Society, but a really talented team of individuals and firms all raising their hands saying they want to be involved.”

Impatience exists for all who’ve worked on the project and hope to see it completed. But, sooner or later, Prosper will have a Veteran’s Memorial to pay tribute to those in uniform who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice and others who’ve paid the price of military service, many of whom carry lifelong injuries whether physical or emotional. It is Prosper’s chance to say officially, “Thank you for your service.”

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