To the Editor:

I did not have an opportunity to thank everyone that was instrumental in assisting me in the process of the building of the Veterans Memorial at Buckwalter Place. I would like to formally do so.

A wise man once said in an impassioned speech, “I have a dream.” Well, I had a dream also. I was fortunate to be able to stand in it on Veterans Day.

Thanks to the Town of Bluffton for bringing this dream to fruition. Special thanks to Town Manager Marc Orlando and Scott Marshall for their time, effort and patience. I also would like to thank Constance Clarkson, Pat Rooney and Bryan McIwee for their dedication and commitment to moving everything along at lightning speed once we got underway.

Also, my American Legion family. They always had my back and were there to lend a helping hand whenever I asked.

In addition, all the good and generous people of this great Town of Bluffton who backed this project from the beginning and are continuing to support it by purchasing personalized bricks.

And lastly, but definitely not least, my husband and my children, who listened and provided a sounding board for my frustrations when I thought things were moving too slowly.

Thank you one and all. I have hopes for you and the generations to come to enjoy this park.

Kay Ranta

Chaplain

American Legion Auxiliary

Bluffton Unit 205