The Wheaton Historical Society and the Wheaton Depot Museum have announced a new project honoring military veterans from all conflicts throughout history.
A special area on the concourse between the Wheaton Depot Museum and the caboose has been designated to hold memorial bricks honoring military veterans from the area.
Members of the Wheaton Historical Society and Wheaton Depot Museum feel that now, more than ever, is the time for area residents to memorialize the sacrifice military veterans have made for the country.
"We enjoy freedoms unprecedented in the history of the world," said Ralph Lamberson, historian with the Wheaton Historical Society. "We feel that we owe this to the veterans who offered their all for our freedom."
"The smaller bricks will allow three lines of 14 characters for an individual's name, rank and branch of service," said Betty Lamberson, treasurer for the Wheaton Historical Society. "The larger bricks will allow six lines of 14 characters and a logo for the appropriate military branch.
Former Wheaton Depot Museum board member L.C. Hickman was the one who came up with the original idea and promoted it to other board members. He wa also the first one to order one of the bricks for the new project.
"We think this is going to be a good project," Betty Lamberson continued. "Several people have ordered bricks, and we have several pending orders."
When the organization receives orders for 200 units, the first shipment will be shipped. Bricks will be placed in a designated area between the Wheaton Depot Museum and the caboose.
"We will have one brick explaining the designated area and then have a flag to help designate the memorial," Betty Lamberson said.
Bricks are available in two sizes: 4 by 8 at a cost of $50 and 8 by 8 at a cost of $100.
Proceeds from the sale of the memorial bricks will benefit the continued operation of the Wheaton Historical Society and the Wheaton Depot Museum.
Area residents may purchase bricks commemorating family members, friends or historical figures for this project.
For more information, contact Sheila Young at 417-442-7825 or Ralph Lamberson at 417-652-7488. Commemor-ative bricks may also be ordered by mailing a check for and brick information to the Wheaton Historical Society. P.O. Box 385, Wheaton, MO 64874.
Orders will be accepted for the first shipment through the end of the year.