The Town of ST Armand has received a grant along with numerous local donations to breathe new life into an understated monument in Bloomingdale and its looks like its only costing tax payers about fifteen bucks. With many large projects in que for the town of St Armand, town clerk and historian, Davina Thurston had to be creative and resourceful to make a vision of hers a reality. Thurston had applied for and received a grant for a wayside exhibit from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Fund. This exhibit will not only be on display at the current VeteransMemorial Monument but will come with a park like setting to encourage people to visit and enjoy a once underutilized space in Bloomingdale.
Veterans Memorial Park is for veterans of all wars including the civil war Thurston says and its important to have the history of St Armand on display and recognize the sacrifices of this community.
Thurston Says their goal was to create a useable space to draw more attention to an important monument that has been overlooked. She has planned, along with the exhibit, to create a park-like setting. There will be a gazebo being made by local carpenter, Josh Woodruff, more signage and new landscaping to encourage people to enjoy the site. She says this project has only cost about fifteen dollars and it is all being made possible by local donations… Thurston says because this grant coupled with all of the generous donations of the people she has reached out to, the project has only cost about fifteen dollars!
The Exhibit is set to be erected on June 7th at the Veterans Memorial Park in Bloomingdale.