McComb Family Foundation Donates $25,000 for Columbarium

Fort Wayne, IN: The McComb Family Foundation is donating $25,000 for a
Granite Columbarium to be built at Veterans National Memorial Shrine and
Museum 2122 O’Day Road. A press conference and check presentation is
scheduled for 10 am on Wednesday June 30th at the Shrine.

According to Dave McComb President of the Foundation “We really wanted
to help the Shrine continue to grow and secure a place in Fort Wayne history
to benefit all veterans.” McComb added, “Sales from the Columbarium will
provide necessary funds to establish an endowment to make sure the Shrine
and Museum are around for many years to come.” Completion date is
scheduled for fall of this year.

The Columbarium will contain cremated remains of a veteran and one other
in a niche complete with engraved bronze plate designating veteran that is
inurnment in the Columbarium. The Columbarium will be located next to the
newly proposed Sterling Chapel, which is scheduled to be completed by the
spring of 2022. Commander Greg Bedford said “This Columbarium will be
a great tribute to all veterans and a way a family can memorialize their loved
one.” For more information contact the Veterans National Memorial Shrine
and Museum at 260-267-5022.


Fort Wayne, IN: On Tuesday, July 27th the Veterans National
Memorial Shrine and Museum will host a Korean War Veterans
Armistice Day Ceremony from 11am to 1pm at the Shrine Pavilion
located at 2122 O’Day Road. Korean War Veterans and their families
are invited to attend. There will be a ceremony honoring Korean
Veterans in attendance. Antoinette Lee will be the featured speaker
at the event. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Fort Wayne, In. July 16th The local BFGoodrich Manufacturing Plant is
donating $10,000 in partnership with the $10,000 donation from United
Steelworkers Local 715.

This $20,000 donation is for the installation and maintenance of the Vietnam
Wall. There will be an official check presentation on July 22nd at 3:30 pm at
the Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum.

Full Press Release

Fort Wayne, April 2021

The Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum has received
notification of a donation in the amount of $150,000 from the
Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution. The donation will be used to construct a new Chapel at
2122 O’Day Road in Fort Wayne.

The Chapel will be known as the Sterling Chapel and is made possible by a
generous bequest from DAR member Jeanette Thompson Sterling.

In Canton, Ohio a 7-foot-tall monument stands in a courtyard outside of the Aultman School of Nursing. It’s topped by a life-size bronze statue of a young woman dressed in an Army uniform. Its base is inscribed with the names of 110 Stark County servicemen, and one woman, who died during the Vietnam War.

Sharon Lane, a first lieutenant, was killed June 8, 1969 when a rocket hit the 312th Evacuation Hospital’s Vietnamese ward in Chu Lai. She was 25.

Lane, a U.S. Army nurse, was the only American servicewoman killed by direct enemy fire during the Vietnam War.

It wasn’t the typical ribbon cutting ceremony.

Instead of standing in front of some building, Heyward Matthews, a professor of oceanography at St. Petersburg College, wielded the oversized scissors in the water and cut a ribbon strung between two boats.

That’s because Matthews was dedicating the opening of the nation’s first underwater dive memorial honoring veterans, located 40 feet below the surface 10 miles off the coast of Dunedin Beach, Florida. Matthews has been pushing the idea for the “Circle of Heroes" for almost 10 years.

Alan Manx from Regal Beloit Corp. accepts our Spirit of Excellence Award for the company's "Day of Caring" work that was done by 30 Regal Beloit employees. We are so grateful for their generous donation.

The Marine Corps League "Pride & Purpose" Detachment 1435 shared their support with a $4,137 check
after their successful golf outing in early September.

Semper Fi!


These friends of the shrine have consistently been supportive of our mission as a place of
thoughtful retrospection and honor and with generosity toward the installation of the Vietnam Wall.

In school, Robert was interested in history of America and wars throughout world history. He found a fascination in the history of World War II and started collecting books to learn more. This would peak his interest to join the military.

We Are Not Alone.

Hello my Name is Tim Schild Formerly SFC Schild of the US ARMY where I served six years on active duty and 11 in the Reserves and National Guard. I currently work as a Peer Support Specialist for the VA.

Carpenters Local 232 donated materials for a Cupola to house the new speakers at the Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum located at 2122 O’Day Rd. Fort Wayne, IN.

IKORCC Representative Tom Case, and Local 232 Veterans Ron Clements, Dave Straub, and John Evans volunteered to honor our veterans and lend a helping hand.

Darryl Esterline with Local 20 SMART Sheet Metal Workers, also volunteered to supply metal flashing and help with installation.