Overdue Thanks: Morgan County Vietnam Veterans Memorial now in place

More than a decade of fundraising, research, publicity, paperwork and design have come to life on the Fairfax Green in downtown Berkeley Springs. On Friday, March 26, crews from Gordon’s Memorials and Digging & Rigging lifted and placed the granite pieces of the Morgan County Vietnam Veterans Memorial on their permanent home. Memorial effort founders Chuck and Linda Hampe watched over the day-long process, from the placing of the first step to the settling of the topmost medal honoring those who served during the Vietnam War. Other memorial committee volunteers — those who have served fundraising breakfasts, gathered items for auction, registered veterans and researched military records — joined the Hampe’s along Fairfax Street throughout the day to watch the progress of the memorial. Sunshine and high winds punctuated the day. Passing vehicles, seeing the memorial rising on the Fairfax Green, honked and waved as new pieces were added. Etched into three faces of the monument are 600 names. On a fourth face is a poem titled “Overdue Thanks.” Names are divided into sections as those who were lost in the war, those who served in country, county residents who served during the era and those who served during the Vietnam era and later made Morgan County their home. Crews will finalize their work on the monument on Saturday. A dedication ceremony is being planned for the future.

4 Comments

  1. The Becker/ McPhillips Family on March 26, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    The Becker/ McPhillips family know that our beloved Bonnie McPhillips would be so happy to know that this remarkable
    Viet Nam Memorial has finally been placed and at home in her beloved town of Berkley Springs, W. Va. We are so proud and grateful. What a coveted project.

    • Tari Hampe Deneen on March 27, 2021 at 9:15 am

      I miss Bonnie every day. Hundreds of Veterans may not have been on the monument without her hard work. Sadly, I received a returned letter from her in the mail yesterday from a year ago that she never received. May she rest in eternal peace.

  2. Christine Farris on March 27, 2021 at 12:59 am

    To all our men and women who served in the Armed Services.Thank You does not cover what you had to go through while serving and a lot of you are still serving .,everyday.Thank you is all I can say a million times .

  3. Susan McQuay on March 27, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Thank you for the article about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that is now in place. My sister Bonnie McPhillips who lived in Berkeley Springs, WV with her fiance Robert (“Butch”) Benson for many years worked tirelessly to help make this Memorial a reality. Her own Robert Benson was a proud Marine and a longtime resident of Berkeley Springs, and his name will be among others who will be honored for serving their country during the Vietnam Conflict. Also we managed to put together enough contributions so that Bonnie McPhillips would also be honored for her dedicated contribution to the efforts to bring this Memorial to fruition. I know that Bonnie is smiling down from Heaven and is so very pleased, as is her “Butch”.

    Job well done courageous Vietnam Veteran soldiers and also everyone who made this Memorial become a reality.

    Bonnie your little sister Susan McQuay, your 97 year old Mom Kathryn McQuay, your 3 sons Larry McPhillips, Randy McPhillips, David McPhillips, and your grandchildren, Paige, Chaz and Avery McPhillips are all so very proud of you and for your dedication to this Memorial.

    On behalf of your proud family, you are our hero!

    Your devoted little sister Susan ❤

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