Memorial bricks to benefit Cedar Lakes

Joe Casto, board member, and Nathan McKey, vice president, went through the first shipment of bricks to benefit Cedar Lakes to renovate the VFW cabin. (Photo Provided)

RIPLEY — In an effort to raise funds for Cedar Lakes, the Cedar Lakes Foundation is selling memorial bricks to be displayed on a walkway.

The funds will be used to renovate and modernize the VFW cabin. It started out as something to memorialize veterans, but has since expanded to anyone wishing to pay a tribute to a loved one.

Bricks will be on display around a large flag pole. The veterans’ bricks will have their own area, Clara Mullins, foundation president, said.

A bench also will be installed in that area to represent the five branches of the military.

“Within that area we will have an area for veterans. Off from that there will be a separate section for supporters of Cedar Lakes,” Mullins said.

Nathan McKey, Cedar Lakes Foundation vice president, displays a brick that will be part of a walkway to be built this spring. Proceeds from the brick sales will benefit Cedar Lakes. (Photo Provided)

The fundraiser began last summer with the goal of $25,000 for the cabin renovation. Mullins said they’re about halfway to their goal of 300 bricks.

Bricks can be personalized. Four lines and 18 spaces are available for a message.

The first shipment of bricks came in Saturday.

“It was very humbling to go through all those bricks Saturday when we inventoried them. The writings on them were something,” Mullins said.

Mullins said the community is supportive of their efforts. One family donated $25,000 to renovate the FFA cabin. She said residents of the community help by spreading the word about the fundraiser.

The fundraiser extended to areas beyond Jackson County, she said. Bricks were purchased from buyers in North Carolina and other counties in West Virginia.

“It’s from anywhere. It doesn’t have to be a veteran; it doesn’t have to be a recent war,” Mullins said.

Mullins said they hope to break ground on the walkway this spring in time to have a dedication ceremony for Memorial Day.

Bricks can be purchased for $50 and each additional brick after that is $40. Keepsake bricks also are available.

The link to order a brick is on the Cedar Lakes Foundation Inc. Facebook page or its website at cedarlakesfoundation.com.