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B.C. Veterans Memorial

On this page you will find:
-Basic information
-How to Join
-Walk of honor
-Memorial Event Information
-Unity Among Friends Gala Information

Benton County Veterans Memorial 

465 Sports Park Road
Camden, TN 38320
First road on the left off of Benton Industrial Road

George Hargrove, US Army-President
eldon wimberly, US Army-Vice President
Diane Goodson, USAF-Secretary
Michael Bendzus, USMC- Assistant 

Darrel Berry, US Army and USMC- Board of Directors
Christy Hodge, Volunteer, Public Relations-Board of Directors

General Contact Information:

Membership ID Requirement:
DD214 (for Veterans) or photo ID (for civilians) 

Veterans Pavilion Use Reservations:
Jerry Dinwiddie, US Army

Stanley Hooten, US Army

Membership can be obtained by contacting Memorial Secretary, Diane Goodson, USAF, at 731-584-6705, or by attending a monthly meeting, held the third Thursday of each month. Currently, meetings are held at 6 p.m., at BMT Museum, on Hwy 641 in Camden, Tennessee. Membership enrollment runs Jan 1 through December 31st. 
At this time, dues are $25 per person. Dues are currently waived for active military.
Benton County Veterans Memorial includes both veterans and civilian members, promoting patriotism through community involvement, for recognition to veterans and military, for their dedication and accomplishments to the United States.
BCVM is a registered 501(c)3 non profit.

Walk of Honor
Applications are available to honor a veteran, by placing a brick at the Memorial Site Walkway. Etched with the military members name , branch and years of service, the investment is $125 each, with all proceeds to benefit Memorial improvements. Once the brick information is confirmed, placement at the Memorial Site occurs usually in 6 weeks or less. (Some special circumstances may apply, affecting placement time)
To obtain an application, email:
Carmen Sparks 731-584-8410
Christy Hodge 731-441-1802
 or contact any BCVM member listed above

Benton County Veterans Memorial Events
(Make sure to Look at The Moving Wall tab!!)

Don't Forget Our Vets Memorial Ride
The first ever motorcycle fundraiser was held in September 2009. With a successful first ride, in 2010, the date was changed to be hosted as an annual event on Memorial Day weekend. Riders of all ages come to show support for veterans by participating in the Saturday bike ride that is immediately followed by a delicious picnic style meal. In 2012, realizing there was a need to expand the ride, cars and trucks were added to the line up. As a result of the yearly event, including matching sponsorship's and donations, the ride funds raised thus far exceed $9500 towards memorial development.

Aviation Day

Newest to the Veterans Memorial line up is Aviation Day. Aviation Day is a sure bet, following the high standards now expected at BCVM hosted events. With formation flyovers performed by WWII vintage military planes, there is something to be enjoyed by everyone at this family friendly event held annually at the Benton County Airport in Camden, Tennessee.

Unity Among Friends Gala

The Benton County Veterans Memorial presents "Unity Among Friends" Gala to be held on November 15, 2014 starting at 4:00 pm. The Gala will take place at the JERA recreational building at DuPont in New Johnsonville, Tennessee. This is an important time to recognize the service and reflect upon the sacrifices of veterans who have served our nation.  
Benton County Veterans Memorial has worked exceptionally hard to provide an event, including participation from 5 counties that will once again display the hospitality we have to offer, while covering topics of interest to both Veterans and Community. Benton County Veterans Memorial will fulfill their mission of Recognizing Our Often Forgotten Veterans. 
Speakers will include:
President of the Tennessee State Council, Barry Rice-Veteran-Vietnam Veterans of America
Asst. Commissioner Mark A. Breece-Veteran-Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs
State Senator Dolores Gresham-Veteran
Topics on the agenda will include:
Progress on the new Veteran's Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads
 The new Veterans' Treatment Court (VTC) program (optional by County/General Sessions Judge and County Mayor)
Vietnam Call for Photos
Annual Aviation Day including WWII vintage military planes
Annual Don't Forget Out Vets Memorial Ride
The new WWII Traveling Footlocker
One of our goals as a non-profit organization is seeking partnerships to recognize Veterans. Our Humphreys County friends in VVA supported us in hosting of the 2011 moving Wall. We have reached out to them now, in show of good faith, as well will host an impressive event as guests in their county. As a part of the evening activities, we will represent Benton County by presenting a donation on behalf of Benton County, to the Henderson County Steering Committee, tasked with fundraising for the new West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads. BCVM asks that you help us show a statement of pride by attending. Let us not just say in words we support our Veterans, let us show it with our actions and lead by example. 
Tickets can be purchased for $40 a plate or $250 per table of seven. Please contact Christy Hodge at (731)441-1802 or (731)584-2731 for purchasing. You may also mail your payment to:
1571 Liberty Church Road
Holladay, TN 38341
Please make all check payable to BCVM. Please RSVP by November 5, 2014.

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