ALFA TO DONATE FUNDS TO WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL
MONTGOMERY The Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance have joined the likes of former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and Hollywood celebrity Tom Hanks in pledging support for the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Farmers Federation State Board of Directors agreed to match county contributions of up to $500. Federation President Jerry Newby said he was proud the State Board decided to endorse the memorial fund-raising effort.
"This memorial is long overdue," said Newby. "More than 16 million Americans served in uniform during the war; more than 400,000 gave their lives and millions more supported the war effort from the home front. Unfortunately, the World War II generation is too quickly passing into the history they helped to write. Of the 16 million in uniform, fewer than seven million are alive today, and we lose another 1,000 each day. It is time to say thank you."
If each county Farmers Federation raises the maximum matched amount, the organization's total contribution will be $67,000. However, there is no restriction on how much money counties can raise or how they conduct their fund-raising programs, Newby said. In addition to county fund-raising efforts, the Farmers Federation is running a public service announcement in each of its publications for persons who would like to make individual contributions.
Russell County farmer Larry Alexander, who recommended Alfa join the World War II Memorial Campaign, made the first individual contribution of $500. Russell County Farmers Federation President Ben Bowden announced his county organization would donate $1 per member in Russell County, which would total more than $5,000.
Counties are requested to send their checks payable to "World War II Memorial Fund" by Nov.1 to the Alabama Farmers Federation in Montgomery so that matching funds can be calculated and forwarded to the Memorial before groundbreaking on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Individual contributions may be mailed to World War II Memorial Fund, ATTN: GRKFZ, P.O. Box 98147, Washington, DC 20090-8147.
The World War II Memorial was authorized by law in 1993 and will be located on 7.4 acres of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., directly between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. The total cost of the memorial is expected to be $100 million--all of which must be raised from private contributions.
For more information about the World War II Memorial, visit the memorial website at www.wwiimemorial.com.