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Memorial Park: memorial brick sale announced!

The City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire is pleased to announce that Phase 2 of the program to purchase memorial bricks in honor of a special person is underway.  Between December 18, 2014 and February 28, 2015, individuals can join the nearly 1,000 donors who purchased commemorative bricks for placement in Memorial Park during Phase 1 of the project.

Bricks can be purchased for $50.00 each, which includes the cost of the 4”x 8” brick with three lines of commemorative text up to 20 characters. The price also covers the cost to the City for the installation of the bricks prior to Memorial Day 2015. There are two methods to purchase the bricks: using a credit card online at http://cityofportsmouth.com/bricks.htmlor speaking with a customer service representative at 1-855-448-2749, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. A Certificate of Ownership will be sent to each person ordering a brick.

A new option available during the Phase 2 brick sale allows individuals to purchase a replica of the memorial brick ordered for installation as a keepsake for the donor or a special person.  Replica bricks are $45.00 and can be ordered using the purchasing methods described above. The replica brick will have the same commemoration as the installed brick and the cost covers the shipping to the address of your choice.  People who purchased bricks during Phase 1 will also have the option to purchase replica bricks during this phase of the program.

The memorial brick program began as a way to honor our veterans during the creation of the new Memorial Park that was constructed at the gateway to the recently replaced Memorial Bridge connecting Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.  The couple behind the project is Jim and Laurie Teetzel of Portsmouth, who contributed over $250,000 to the park project.  They felt it was important to ensure that the meaning of the old Memorial Bridge was not lost in the design of the new Memorial Park. A circle of bricks engraved with the names of veterans surround a central park sculpture created from granite foundation blocks of the old bridge. The bricks were purchased at cost by the family and friends of veterans or donated by the Teetzels who pledged to provide one for every local Special Forces Soldier who has died in combat since 9/11.

For additional information, please contact Terry Poulin, City of Portsmouth, Planning Department at (603) 610-7232.

 

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