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Benson Community Raises Money for Veterans' Memorial

Posted July 21, 2007
Updated July 22, 2007

— A Johnston County community is honoring a fallen soldier with a cause to support all veterans.

The people of Benson held a softball tournament Saturday to raise money for something the town has never had – a veterans' memorial.
Ten teams swung the bats Saturday to honor the life of Clint Moore, who paid the ultimate price at age 27. The staff sergeant was deployed for a second time when he was killed by a bomb in the Diyala Province in April.

When Moore came back to his hometown of Benson in a hearse, his supporters lined the streets. Now, family and friends are channeling that support to raise money for the memorial.

David Woodall, a friend of Moore, said he wanted to "just show my appreciation for the troops, for Clint especially, and the price they pay over there."

The local American Legion Auxiliary pitched the idea of a memorial for three years.

“It’s been a dream, and now it’s becoming a reality, and we’re so excited,” said Wanda Moore, with the American Legion Auxiliary.

Two possible sites have been discussed - the American Legion Post and Benton Square.

American Legion officials said they envision the memorial having five granite slabs that represent each branch of service. The slabs would be arranged in a circle with a flag in the middle and a wall of honor with the names of Benson-area soldiers who died serving our country.

The memorial is expected to cost $20,000. Tournament organizers hoped to get a $3,000 start on the memorial fund Saturday.

“Clint lived by these words: Never forget. Move on, but never forget,” said Leanne Benson, his sister.


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  • nowayebby Jul 23, 2007

    oldrebel, whatever dude

  • Patriots wife Jul 23, 2007

    OldRebel - Well said! I agree 100%. Thank you.

  • oldrebel Jul 23, 2007

    What great idea for Benson. I always try and stop at local memorials for our servicemen and women whenever I see one that I haven't previously encountered. To try and absorb the significance of those silent names on weathered brass plaques and cold granite slabs. Most have benches where one can pause and ponder that the greatness of our nation wouldn't be possible had it not been for those who were willing to sacrifice all. Politics aside, such memorials are spendid places to begin the healing not just for the loved ones of theose servicemen and women but for anyone simply looking for a quiet place of reflection.

  • jhnewman Jul 22, 2007

    To the parents and family of Clint Moore:

    Your son deserves the respect, honor, and admiration of every American. His service to this country is a testament to your influence on his character and upbringing.

    I will be at the unveiling of the Memorial.

  • Bumble Bee Jul 22, 2007

    Thanks, jhnewman. I've emailed the Benson American Legion. If I get a response before this blog closes I will post the information.

  • jhnewman Jul 22, 2007

    Bumble Bee, I would think a call to the American Legion or one of the folks in the article would be a good start. I agree it would be a great thing to be able to contribute to the Memorial.

    I plan on attending when it is unveiled and open to the public.

    If you find out how to contribute, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at my e-mail address.

    You have taken your position in public, and I applaud that.

    I only wish I could find out how allergic "nowayebby" is to Arlington Cemetary and what "better use" "nowayebby" would propose for that valuable piece of real estate.

  • Bumble Bee Jul 22, 2007

    Does anyone know where to contribute to this memorial?

  • jetset Jul 22, 2007

    Such community spirit!! Benson should be proud to have such closeness. What a great way to memoralize the fallen servicemen/women who have and will give their lives so we can be free.

  • nowayebby Jul 22, 2007

    worland, as far as the economy goes, it is the same picture that was painted in 1999. Remember what happened in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003. Memories are short.

  • nowayebby Jul 22, 2007

    patriots wife, that's nice. If a piece of rock helps you feel better, okay