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04-28-1998 Vft�RANS AFFAIRS ADVISORPBO ARD CITY OF LAS CRUCES P.O. DRAWER 2000 LAS CRUCES , NEW MEXICO 88004 Minutes of the 28 April 1998 Meeting The board convened at 1300 in the Board Room of Branigan Memorial Library. Roll call was taken. Present were: Chairman Joeseph Heintz, Vice Chairman Warren Rogers, DAV rep Fred Frank, VVA rep Elsa Baker, Amvets rep Noel Cooley, and VFW rep Robert Wiley. Also present were Donna McClanahan rep of Joe Skeen, Kelly Smyer rep Sen Bingamon and Suzy Cordero rep Pete Domenici . The minutes of last month' s meeting were approved. Elsa Baker reported on the status of the veteran' s park, report enclosed. There was a discussion of the design of the gazebo. Grecian plan was approved if it could be funded, otherwise, the rectangular plan would be used. Encl 1 The letter Fred Frank sent to the school principals and the Sun News was read and discussed. The point of the letter was that 7 May is the anniversary of VE Day the cessation of combat in Europe. This important day should receive equal or more emphasis in the schools than Cinco de Mayo. Copy enclosed. Encl 2 Warren Rogers reported that on 15 May there will be an anniversary of the opening of the new commissary store at WSMR which will include items on special sale and refreshments . All active duty military personnel, retirees and others with commissary priviledges are invited. The funding of the VA and Dept of Defense was discussed. The diversion of funds from these critical areas to pork barrel projects was deplored. Meeting adjournd at 1340. Next meeting will be 26 May. Warren Rogers Acting Secretary 2 Encl: a/s VAAB 28 April 1998 Veterans Memorial Park. The City of Las Cruces allocation for the Veterans Memorial Park has gone up from $70,000 to $139,000. The increase came from unallocated funds already collected from the developer(s) in the area. The idea of reaching a contractual agreement between the City of Las Cruces and the Homebuilders Association based on the City providing materials and the Homebuilders Association providing labor, has been scraped for another approach. This was necessary because the members of the Homebuilders Asso- ciation want to be reimbursed for some of their expenses such as fuel for vehicles. City Landscaper, Joni Gutierrez is putting out a Request for Proposal to the Homebuilders Association. The Request for Proposal states that the City of Las Cruces has $139,000 available for a Veterans Memorial Park. The Homebuilders Association can then respond with a proposal on what they would be able to do for that amount. The amount of effort they would propose to do for that level of funding is uncertain. However, they know the desired outcome from previous negotiations. The design of the monument has been Greek Revival Style as shown in attachment one. The particular gazebo in attachment one will not be used since it is only 10 feet in diameter. The plan is for the Homebuilders Association to build one from scratch that is 15 feet in diameter. This monument is the focal point of the park. A one foot band around the top provides a space to display plaques furnished by the Veterans organizations in Dona Ana County. We do not know at this point if the Homebuilders Asso- ciation will sign up to do the monument within the $139,000 proposal they submit. An alternative monument design has been brought to my attention by . LTC Fred J. Frank, USA (Ret) . The design is from a gazebo at White Sands Missile Range. The advantages of the alternative are that it should be easier to build, cost less to build, and provide more space to display plaques. The disadvantages of the alternative are that it would change the classic style concept of the monument and would introduce a less spectacular focal point to the park. The alternative monument design was provided to Joni Gutierrez as an alternative design to be used if the Greek Revival Style monument proves to be too expensive or too technically difficult to build. The members of the Veterans Affairs Advisory Board are requested to ratify the action taken on the alternative monument. Elsa J. Baker Veteran Coordinator Encl 1 =-"ChE "JC. . _ 625 _E_. le 1_z03:34FM r_ V' DDecorat-jous h 2411 �llic c� .1�Fnuc Sc»tlh L1 Ccar; uif17,'3,1' �`• J i,i y Ornamental (c`318) 57.3-1781paster Cast Stone Marble " Dry Pack n _ et — a Wt drr Arn ETA 12" SOTT M I8" la' Attachment One �Al v Q � t _ 1 � �� Attachment Two Disabled American raps MesUla valley Chapter 10 P.O. Box 6275 Las Cruces, NM 88006-6725 Commander: Fred J.Frank Adjutant:warren Rogers 24 April 1998 Dear Principal : I believe that if we bring these important events to the student ' s attention, it will help us to retain our Pride of Country. Therefore, I present the following: My friends were killed in combat against the enemy for you, and your own relatives sacrificed so that our Nation could stay free. Kenny Dupuis and Bernard Sperling played guard on my high school football team; they protected me on the offense as I played center. They protected me again when they died in Europe fighting against the greatest military power on Earth. We should remember them! On 7 May, we will remember VE Day. Victory in Europe, the great victory of an unprepared pacifist power over a tyrannical power that sought to enslave the World. Would you remember this day in your classrooms and have your teachers explain to their students that from the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor to VE Day, and later to VJ Day (14 August 1945) , we sacrificed and particularly here in your own State of New Mexico, our people performed in an effort that exceeded that of most of the States of the Union. That effort should always be rememberd, as it is now, in our Bataan Day sponsored by the Army ROTC at New Nexico State University. Please have your teachers take time on 7 May to tell their classes about our victory in the defensive war to save our country. If you would like an outline, I will , or one of my fellow veterans will furnish material , or if you prefer, provide a speaker. Please advise of the action you take in this matter. Sincerely, FRED J. FRANK LtCol , U.S. Army-Ret . Please call me at 526-5770 and advise me of your actions. Please leave a message if I am not at home. Thank you fjf Encl 2