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Thursday, September 5, 2013

CCC memorial at Ouabache SP gets boost from fraternal group

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

A planned memorial to the Civilian Conservation Corps at Ouabache State Park received a boost recently from the Modern Woodmen of America.

The fraternal organization donated $2,500 to the Friends of Ouabache State Park group to help fund a bronze statue honoring the CCC, which helped build the park more than 80 years ago.

The MWA donation matched funds already raised through Bluffton businesses and the Wells County Historical Society, bringing the memorial fundraising account to around $5,000. The memorial is expected to cost around $21,000 and will be funded through donations.

Friends group president Myra Myrtle said she was inspired to bring a CCC memorial to the park so that young people understand the contribution of men like her 90-year-old father, Wayne Lydy, a CCC veteran.

“For so many young people today, when you say CCC, they don’t know what you’re talking about,” Myrtle said.

The CCC was a government work program that provided jobs to young, unemployed men during the Great Depression. The workers developed parks, built roads, trails and fire towers, planted trees and more.

Anyone wanting to make a donation can call Myrtle at (260) 273-1686.

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