TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT)- An optimistic Washburn University president says he would like to see a new Veterans Memorial on campus by Veterans Day.
Washburn announced on Monday that it would like to have an all veterans memorial on campus at a cost of $140,000. President Jerry Farley said that he and his wife Susan are personally making a lead gift of $50,000 to match donations toward the project.
“Washburn has a long history of both military service and honoring those who served,” Farley said. “We are so proud of our veteran alumni. So when the subject of updating our veterans memorial came up, Susan and I wanted to make our personal contribution to ensuring they have a site and a memorial commensurate with their sacrifice.”
The new memorial will replace the existing one near Morgan Hall, at the southwest corner of 18th Street and College Avenue.
According to the university, Farley was a drill sergeant and drill sergeant instructor in the U.S. Army, and made this project a personal priority, and is asking alumni and friends of Washburn to join him in realizing the vision of an expanded and updated new veterans memorial.
“Having something that reminds students of our history, something that reminds students of what others have done, vis-a-vis a memorial, is something the school has wanted to do for some time,” Farley said.
Washburn will hold a BOWTIE Fair Sept. 08 to encourage students to learn more about how they can “get involved with the community.