Fridays with Faith: Faith Hinkley Veteran’s Memorial
Good morning Fridays with Faith readers. Today I’m here to tell you about a wonderful place named in memory of my namesake, US Army Sergeant Faith Hinkley. Faith was part of the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. She made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in 2010 during her service in Baghdad. Thanks to the construction of the Faith Hinkley Veteran’s Memorial Park in Faith’s native Monte Vista, Colorado, Faith as well as others who lost their lives in the line of duty will be honored and remembered for years to come.
Last year the small community raised thousands of dollars to begin building the memorial park. Though the community originally suggested constructing the park as a tribute to Sgt Faith Hinkley, Faith’s mother Annavee said that she knew her daughter would like to share the honor with others, so while the park is named in memory of Faith, it is also a Veteran’s memorial. Bob Bryning, one of the park’s organizers says that the project will help to recognize Faith as well as the many fallen heroes from the Monte Vista and San Luis Valley areas. Annavee is proud that the community is honoring its fallen soldiers and I know my tail is certainly wagging now that the construction has begun! Last year I got to meet Annavee and her family and see this lovely Colorado city and I look forward to the day when the park is complete!
The park currently has beautiful flagpoles, landscaping and large granite stones bearing the insignias of the 5 branches of the military. The community is very excited about this project not only because it will honor the memory of fallen heroes, but because it stands at the main crossroads of Monte Vista and will serve as a welcoming area. However, there’s more work to be done! Additional funding is needed to complete the park, which will have benches, fencing, a digital sign, flag poles, additional memorial stones and more. Pavers are available for purchase for anyone who’d like to have a brick placed in memory of a service member along the walk. Anyone who would like to make a tax deductible donation toward the completion of the park may donate via paypal (write “Faith Hinkley Veteran’s Memorial Park” in the “special instructions” field) or mail a check made out to MV Community Fund with Faith Hinkley Veteran’s Memorial Park in the memo line to 334 S. Broadway Monte Vista, Co. 81144. The MV Community Fund is a 501c3 nonprofit.
We are so grateful for our nation’s heroes and their service to our country. I couldn’t be more proud that my namesake and her fellow service members are being honored and remembered with this park! Thanks for reading and make sure to come back next week for the latest tails from yours truly!