include the yet-to-be installed historic marker for Memorial Park orchestrated
by D. Allen Kerr, expected to be there soon (See its Page following):
sincerest appreciation to President George H. W. Bush for his generous support
and endorsement; as well as the
communities of Portsmouth, Rye, and Hampton, NH; and Wells, ME.
We must also
express the greatest appreciation to the Kittery Maine Improvement Foundation,
a non-profit 501C3 entity established to support improvement projects to the
benefit of the Town of Kittery, officers Judy Spiller, George Dow, Duncan
McEachern, and Gerry Mylroie , who accepted sponsorship of the Thresher
Project, enabling us to accord tax deductible status to our contributors.
especially meritorious credit goes to the Kittery Town Council and departments
of the Town for unwavering support in making this memorial a reality.
Thanks to Donors
The Group fully
acknowledges that this Project would not have come to fruition without every
individual and company who made contributions large and small. For the record,
more than 430 contributors from all around the United States (including 82 from
Kittery) donated funds or in-kind materiel and services in the amount of
$216,874.61 to the project. 91 came
forward to sponsor publication of D. Allen Kerr’s book “Silent Strength”
leading to sizeable and continuing contributions. And most certainly, the most
generous contributions by our largest donors:
LANG LANDSCAPING ,
H. L. PATTEN CONSTRUCTION,
PNS NAS NSE
THE MEN & WOMEN OF
NORTHEAST CREDIT UNION,
D. ALLEN KERR - SILENT
* Additional proceeds from continuing
sales to be contributed
FINALLY…FINALLY…A LAST (AND ONLY) PERSONAL MESSAGE
So long, farewell, au revoir, auf
As your friendly
local project administrator, my most heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all who
receive this. A compound, complex,
nearly impossible challenge….does it get any better than that?
You gave me
laughs…and joy…and tears and sorrow…you gave me faith restored….and reinforced.....in what this country truly is, no matter
the daily headlines….you all showed “Yes, I Can” (the Sammy Davis, Jr. version)….I will take to the grave that the
real people of this nation will always step up and set forth to do the right
thing, as they have throughout its history.
For me, along
with you no doubt.....it is who I am…it is what I do. And I’m good with that.
Thanx for the