ELLIS — The Ellis Veterans of Foreign Wars will dedicate its improvements to the community’s veterans memorial at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
The organization decided to clean up the landscaping around the memorial to war dead and recognize more veterans by creating a brick walkway. The memorial is located in Memorial Park at Ninth and Washington, across from the Railroad Museum.
The project has proven so popular, the VFW expanded the walkway, adding about 40 more engraved bricks earlier this week.
“We didn’t think we’d get much response, but it kind of overwhelmed us. We’re going to expand it because we’ve got more bricks that we thought we had,” the VFW’s Leo Groff said.
“People saw us doing this, and I think it jogged their memory. All of a sudden we had a rush of brick to do,” he said.
Concrete was poured in front of the memorial to give a base for the brick pavers engraved with the names of area veterans. Tuesday, VFW volunteers cleared some of the landscaping rock to expand the walkway.
For $30, an Ellis veteran’s name, rank and branch of service can be engraved on a brick. Bricks are still available, and Groff said he hopes the entire walkway is eventually filled with bricks.
“It’s a project that’s ongoing. We’re not going to turn anyone down,” he said.