Help us build the Vashon-Maury Island Community Memorial Gate pavilion at the Vashon Village Green. We are asking for donations and a few volunteers to help construct and install this memorial to those that link us to past and present and the COVID pandemic. This memorial will honor all those who have been infected and those no longer with us, first responders, healthcare professionals, and frontline workers who helped the Island successfully fight to keep us all as safe as possible. It will be a symbol to honor community and relationship; that our past, present, and future are intimately linked by our memories, actions and our history.
The Community Memorial Gate will provide an entrance to the Village Green, the site of Saturday Market, Santa’s Cottage, and the Vashon Poetry Pole offering a dry covered area, supported by log poles. Measuring 20ft x 22ft, it will extend over the sidewalk along Vashon Island Highway. It will memorialize the gateway between past and present and those we have lost and those that tirelessly build community. It will include a chalk board for our island community to express themselves, share thoughts, news and inspiration.
The Memorial Gate is the vision of Ken Fulton, a longtime resident of Vashon, previous Water Commissioner for Water District #19, and local watercolor artist who was inspired by his late grandson, Dawson Solly’s senior college project of designing a community chalkboard in Helena, MT. Ken said, “The COVID pandemic brought into focus how we are linked by our shared experiences and memories. Connection to each other and our past is instrumental to the success of our future.”
Ken partnered with V.I.G.A, Vashon Parks District, the Vashon Heritage Museum, and local businesses to develop the Memorial Gate design. Local businesses; ATR Engineering, Island Home Center, LS Cedar, Metal Creature LLC, Ojeda’s Construction and Winsor Fireform have all graciously committed to support this project with materials and labor.
Now what is needed, is our community support. $17,000 is needed to complete the Community Memorial Gate. Funds will be collected through the generous assistance of the non-profit Vashon Heritage Museum, which celebrates our shared heritage by telling stories, connecting the past and present, and demonstrating how history influences our future.
Donations accepted via Vashon Heritage Museum:
On line https://vashonheritagemuseum.org/product/memorialgate/ designate to “Community Memorial Gate”
By mail to: Vashon Heritage Museum, Community Memorial Gate, PO Box 723, Vashon WA 98070
Face Book Page: @VashonMemorialGate