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The Genesee County Veteran's Monument Committee today received a $50,000 gift from UMMC towards construction of their new monument to all the county's war dead.

Hospital CEO Mark Schoell (center, above) presented committee chairman Ron Konieczny (far left) and honorary chairperson Steve Hawley, Sr. (third from right) with the oversized check, just in front of the proposed site for the monument at UMMC's Jerome Center campus.

"It's a tremendous shot in the arm, because it shows they care about killed-in-action veterans in Genesee County," Konieczny told WBTA. "This puts us at just under $100,000 raised, so we still have a ways to go yet."

The entire monument is expected to cost around $200,000. Veterans will be asking local businesses to support the monument, and they're also selling personalized granite pavers which will form the walking base of the monument. The pavers will memorialize veterans with their name, rank, dates of birth and death, and any awards or designations they received.

The monument itself will be a system of pillars for each war from WWI through Vietnam, engraved with all the names of Genesee County's war dead (see diagram Konieczny is holding, above). It will be placed on the northwest corner of the campus.

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