To create a permanent memorial honoring the military men and women from Meredith who served during the nation’s armed conflicts.
Meredith does not have a comprehensive memorial honoring the veterans who served during all of the Nation’s conflicts. Those who served in America’s wars should be recognized by our community. The existing and previous memorials have not lasted as long as the legacy of service and commitment demonstrated by each veteran.
A committee has been formed under the auspices of Humble Grunt Work, a local organization dedicated to honoring and remembering all Veterans, to build a new, permanent memorial that lists the Meredith citizens who have served honorably in the military during the Nation’s conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the recent Global War on Terror. This memorial, made of granite and bronze, will stand for generations on the front lawn of the library and include an accessible walkway from Main Street to the memorial, linking to the library’s new front ramp into the building. Future Memorial Day and Veterans Day recognition programs can be held by this memorial, which will also feature a new flagpole and integrated seating.
Norman Larson, of Chris Williams, Architects, has completed the design and we are in the process of getting bids for the memorial and pathways. Research is nearly complete on the list of names of Meredith residents who fought in the following wars: The Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. We are still researching other pre-WWI conflicts. We have an initial list of names for Korea and Vietnam, and, of course, we already have the names for WWI and WWII from the original memorials that graced the Library lawn for many years.
Our next task is getting names for veterans of conflicts after Vietnam: Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the 1st and 2nd Gulf Wars, and the ongoing Global War on Terror. We are starting a campaign to get the word out in town to veterans of these wars, and to their families, to solicit names to be included on the Memorial.
Please click the "News" button to see the press release.
Please click the “Nominate a Veteran” button to see the form to submit to add a name.
Town Meeting voters overwhelmingly passed Warrant Article 15. This will authorize the Select board to expend up to $250,000 for project costs.
Fundraising update- $108,660 raised to date in pledges / donations.
Thermometer signs installed at library lawn and 3/25 intersection.
Fundraising update- $125,927 raised to date in pledges/donations.
Outreach: Townwide mailing of new brochure. Uncle Sam "We need your veteran" posters and new brochure to be placed throughout town. Social media postings.
Fundraising update: Approximately $160,000 raised to date in pledges/donations.
The memorial will better recognize our town’s long and proud heritage and its veterans, while giving future generations the opportunity to honor and remember our veterans, as well. The memorial will also enhance Main Street and will complement the recent Library renovation.
Fred Strader - Chair
Erin Apostolos - Secretary
Jim McFarlin - Fundraising
Gary Dehnel - Treasurer
Chuck Thorndike - Community and American Legion liaison
Dave and Robin Albaneze
Fred and Betty Strader
Christopher P. Williams Architects- Memorial Layout Design (In-Kind)
Carl Johnson- Advanced Surveying - Survey (In-Kind)
Lynn and Brad Leighton-HGW
Maggie and Rod Croes
Carla Taylor - HGW
Chuck and Karen Thorndike
Jill Duncan - HGW
Bonnie Burgess - HGW
Meredith Rotary Club
Paul and Nancy Lavigne
John and Nancy Sherman- In memory of all veterans
The Xavier Group, Rachel Xavier, Realtor
Hart"s Turkey Farm Restaurant
ReMax Bayside Realty- Chris Kelly
Norman Larsen (Project Designer-CPW Architects)
Lovering Volvo- Rich & Linda Lovering
Ray & Carol Moritz
Interlakes Auto Repair- Pete Louden
Cyndi and Bob Troop
Heart & Hands Thrift Shop
Dean and Janet Gulezian - In memory of Barkev Gulezian & John Weinheimer
Miracle Farms Landscape & Property Management
Ambrose Bros. Inc. (in-kind)
Chris and Cindy Berlied
Richard and Nancy Schroeder
Gary & Connie Dehnel
Bill & Janet Bayard
NH Charitable Foundation
Jeff & Amy Reilly
Jim and Pat McFarlin
Dick and Carol Gerken
Jack and Vickie Carty
Mark and Martha Billings
Other ways to donate:
Send a check made out to ‘Humble Grunt Work – MVM’
to Humble Grunt Work – MVM, PO Box 628, Center Harbor, NH 03226
For Charitable Distribution from Individual Retirement Account -
Send a check direct from your IRA made out to
‘Humble Grunt Work – MVM’ to Humble Grunt Work – MVM,
PO Box 628, Center Harbor, NH 03226.
Marketable Securities (Stocks & Mutual Funds Distributions) -
Please contact our treasurer Gary Dehnel for instructions at
For Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from an IRA,
consult your tax or financial adviser.
Humble Grunt Work’s Federal tax identification number is 84-2850526
There are many ways you can contribute to the Meredith Veterans Memorial Project, but the most pressing need is financial support – your generous donations are appreciated and will make our project succeed.
Please share your support for this vital project with others who, like you, recognize the incredible importance of the Meredith Veterans Memorial.