Fountain honors VFW’s fight for veterans

Valentine neighborhood resident Rose Eilts is the winner of our latest fountain contest and gets two tickets to the Jiggle Jam Family Music festival over Memorial Day weekend.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars fountain and memorial is at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters at 3300 Broadway.

Dedicated in 2001, it was sculpted by Jim Brothers, a Lawrence-based artist who has done many military statues.

The plaque on the statue reads: “In 1999, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Veterans of Foreign Wars – this bronze statue was commissioned to commemorate the organization’s first century of service to veterans, those in uniform and communities in which they live.”

The description on the City of Fountains Foundation web site says the design commemorates three important aspects of VFW history. First the VFW member is helping as a soldier. Secondly the document in the member’s hand symbolizes VFW’s fight for veterans. And the entire design embodies the metamorphosis from soldier to citizen to VFW member.

The fountain contests will run each Wednesday through May 8 and are intended to call attention to the city’s fountains, about half of which need repair. The City of Fountains Foundation is trying to raise $2.7 million to repair the eight fountains in the most need.

Donations for fountain repair can be sent to City of Fountains Foundation, 4049 Central, Kansas City, Mo., 64111.

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