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 all the Meredith citizens who have served honorably in the military during all of the Nation’s conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the recent Global War on Terror. This memorial, conceptually made of granite, or 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.
(This monument, in Chelsea VT, represents the granite and bronze design and concept for the Meredith Veterans Memorial)
We have a basic design donated by Chris Williams, Architects, and rough cost estimates. We are exploring two options for materials to make the memorial last: Granite slabs with bronze plaques or granite only. We have also begun the initial research to find the names of Meredith citizens who participated in the pre-WWI conflicts and are starting our planning on how to collect and verify post WWII participants.
We plan to collaborate with genealogists, the American Legion, Historical Society, Library, Select Board, Town Officials, Meredith companies and organizations and residents.
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.
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
Jim and Pat McFarlin
Dick and Carol Gerken
Jack and Vickie Carty
Ray and Carol Moritz
Interlakes Auto Repair
Cyndi and Bob Troop
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.