- Question 1.
How did the Butler County Freedom Memorial get started?
- In 1999, Former State Representative Bill Mason, sensing a loss of appreciation for freedom won by the efforts of the United States Armed Forces, wanted to do something to honor our nation’s veterans and to promote patriotism. Find total story including names, dates, support, and extent of project at “Memorial History” link, this site.
- Question 2.
Are there residential requirements to qualify for participation in the Memorial Project?
- Those persons honored on the Memorial site are citizens of, former citizens of, or have a family connection to, Butler County, Kansas.
- Question 3.
Is it still possible to purchase a brick for the memorial? If so, how do I go about it?
- Yes. Complete the downloadable form found at the “Contact” link on this site. Send a check amounting to $75 (two lines of text), or $80 (three lines of text). Add another $15 (to include extended biographical information or to add a photograph) to this address:
1845 Country Club Road
El Dorado, KS 67042
- Question 4.
How big is each brick and how much information may be included on each one?
- Each brick space is 8-inches wide by 4-inches deep. These spaces are scored-off in granite panels, allowing 32 names per panel. Each line can hold up to 14 characters including spaces. Be concise. It is important to include as much information as possible about the person you are honoring. Some examples:
COL US ARMY
VIETNAM 69-71BAYARD SHIPLEY
US NAVY CPT
WWII – KOREAKOPPENHAVER,
BOB – MAJOR USAF – VIETNAM
- Question 5.
Can I purchase two or more bricks and include family members in one block?
- Yes. The scored-off space for two names would be 8 inches wide by 8 inches deep. For three names, it would be 8-inches wide by 12-inches deep, or 16 inches wide by 8 inches deep. Send request for information about how to go about doing this to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Question 6.
How do I submit a photo for inclusion on the website?
- You may submit a digital photograph by e-mailing it to email@example.com. Or, you may submit a photo for scanning to the address given in Question 3 above. Note: If you want the photograph returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. As an added protection, write your name and address on the back of the photo.
- Question 7.
How do I submit a change or correction to website information?
- E-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to address given in Question 3 above.
- Question 8.
How soon are bricks engraved?
- As soon as 32 names are received, the panel is set up and submitted for engraving and installation.
- Question 9.
How soon will my loved one’s information appear on the website?
- Completion date for records presently on hand is September 2009. Those biographies received after that will be entered as received.
- Question 10.
Is it still possible to purchase a bench? If so, what is the procedure for doing this? What is the cost?
- Send a request for information in writing to address given in Question 3, or by e-mail to email@example.com. The cost is $2,500.
- Question 11.
How is the memorial being supported?
- The memorial is being supported by charitable gifts and volunteer efforts. Scenic El Dorado/ Freedom Memorial is a 501c3 tax exempt organization. The Butler County Commission has authorized maintenance of the memorial in its budget.
- Question 12.
How do I locate a specific name on the memorial website?
- Click on “Military Veterans” link and type the person’s name in the space allotted.
- Question 13.
Where is the memorial located?
- The memorial is located on the front lawn of the Butler County Courthouse, 205 West Central, El Dorado.
When entering El Dorado from the West—by way of either Highway 254 or the Kansas Turnpike—you will be driving on Central Avenue. Keep going until you reach the downtown area. The Courthouse will be on your right.
When coming from the East—on Highway 54—remain on Central Avenue for five or six blocks. The Courthouse will be one block West of Main Street, on your left.
When coming from the North—on Highway 77—you will be driving into El Dorado on Main Street. Keep going until you reach Central Avenue. Turn right. The Courthouse is one block West of Main Street, on your left.
When coming from the South—on Highway 77—you will be driving into El Dorado on Main Street. Keep going until you reach Central Avenue. Turn left. The Courthouse is one block West of Main Street, on your left.