More history and local tradition will be coming to Augusta’s Heritage Park on Saturday, when a monument maker plans to set a granitetop bench donated to the city “in honor of our veterans.”
The $800 seat is a gift from the Woodmen of the World’s Central Georgia office in appreciation for Augusta serving as host of the order’s 2009 convention.
Saturday’s installation will mark the third bench donated to the city from the Woodmen of the World. The other two, given in 2007 and 2009, stand at the corner of Greene and Ninth streets near an existing World War II memorial.
The monument was approved by the Augusta Commission on Tuesday night and the city’s planning board last week.
“This is something the city actually wanted us to do, and we feel like it is our project,” said Karen Farmer, of the Woodmen of the World’s Central Georgia office in Macon. “We always do something in appreciation for our host cities, and we just feel there is nothing really better to do than to honor the people who have paid for our freedom.”
Farmer said the bench, made by Paul Lowe Monuments in Warrenton, is inscribed with the words, “In honor of all of our veterans, we are forever indebted to you for our freedom.”
Woodmen of the World is a fraternal benefit society based in Omaha, Neb., that operates a large, privately held insurance company for its members.
Its history includes the erection of numerous tombstones depicting tree stumps across the country before 1930 and a program to donate flags.
Farmer said the convention plans to return to Augusta.
“We find Augusta to be a very lovely city, Farmer said. “Some have even said it would be fine with them if we went there every year.”