The St. Germain Lions Club recently received a donation of $1,100 from Community United Church of Christ Thrift Shop, bringing the club’s Veterans Memorial expansion project to a close with all bills paid-in-full.

The memorial honors all branches of our nation’s military service and those who served. Each brick in the walls of the memorial is inscribed with the name of a former member of the military.

While the idea for a memorial was first suggested in 1991, plans were made in 1999, and the first phase was completed in 2002, with 532 inscribed bricks. The first expansion was completed in 2003, with the addition of 288 bricks.

Over the years, the Lions Club realized names needed to be added to the original memorial and in 2018, they began fundraising to add two more walls. The project was completed in 2022, with the addition of 144 inscribed bricks.

According to club members, the Lions take great pride in the memorial and replace the American Flag, Service Flags and MIA Flag every Memorial Day weekend.

The town of St. Germain also contributed to the project by removing and upgrading the 20-year-old sidewalks.

“The donation from the thrift shop was made possible by customers of the store who generously provided funds through the counter donation jar project,” said Pat Rockafield, thrift shop treasurer. “Volunteers and customers alike are proud of the work of the Lions.”

The actual cost of each brick to the Lions was $285. However, through many donations the Lions were able to subsidize the project and lowered the cost of bricks to $100 each for those who purchased one.

Other donations were received from Waldmann Construction Co., which performed the work at the memorial, and the Sonnentag Foundation, which is affiliated with County Concrete Products. Many St. Germain community members also donated.

Currently, all bricks are sold. There are 964 memories represented by the Veterans Memorial Wall in St. Germain. The memorial is located on the corner of Highway 70 and 155 in St. Germain.

The thrift shop is currently accepting counter donations to help fund the replacement of Lakeland Senior Center, which was destroyed by fire in 2015.

The shop is located in the strip mall adjacent to the intersection of Highway 70 and 155.

Hours are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Tuesdays and Sundays.