Lakeland Elks Lodge #1291 Becomes Major Donor to Veteran’s Memorial Park Sign
On December 1st, The Polk County Veterans Council unveiled a new granite sign at Veteran’s Memorial Park that reflects the significance and dignity of this important Lakeland park. Lakeland Elks Lodge #1291 made a $5,000 contribution to the Polk County Veterans Council to help spearhead the new and improved signage. Elk member and Polk County Veterans Council Vice-Chairman Don Selvage said, “I wish to express our sincere appreciation to Lakeland Elks Lodge #1291 for their assistance in funding the cost of designing and constructing the new Veteran/s Memorial Park sign.
Over 20 years ago the Polk County Veterans Council, in collaboration with the City of Lakeland, crafted a vision for a truly unique urban park, a venue paying tribute to Veterans, Law Enforcement, and Firefighter/Fire Rescue personnel. In the ensuing years, a Firefighter/Fire Rescue Memorial was placed near the existing Law Enforcement Memorial. Further, seventeen monuments to Veterans have been erected, commemorating those who served in America’s conflicts since Polk County was founded in 1861. The result is a stunning destination park overlooking Lake Beulah.
The Polk County Veterans Council has become the unofficial overseer of the park, working with the City of Lakeland to maintain the park in immaculate condition. Many different partners have joined the Council in ensuring funding of various projects, including individuals, Veterans organizations, and businesses. Lakeland Elks Lodge #1291 has a long history of supporting Veterans and, over those years, has lived up to that commitment in so many ways. The Veterans Council looks forward to forging an even closer alliance with Lakeland Elks Lodge #1291 to support the more than 60,000 Veterans residing in this area.