Sioux City, IOWA (KTIV) - A Siouxland park that will honor members of the military received a $50,000 boost Tuesday.
The four Siouxland Hy-Vee stores and Hy-Vee Corporate donated $25,000 to the Siouxland Freedom Park.
The donation was matched by Eldon and Regina Roth of BPI Technologies.
The park will be located along the banks of the Missouri River, on 55 acres of land in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
Plans include a permanent half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a Pentagon-shaped Interpretive Center, even walking trails.
Organizers are excited to receive this support for the park.
"It won't be the same as going to Washington but for a lot of people who will never get the opportunity to go, coming to Siouxland Freedom Park will give them an opportunity to remember, to honor, to be educated," said Mike Newhouse, chairman of the Siouxland Freedom Park steering committee.
Both donors are encouraging anyone to donate, even small amounts to this project.
"It's a remembrance of an era. I don't think we gave enough thanks and I think it's our way of saying thanks," said Gary Swearingen, Hy-Vee Store Director, South Sioux City, Nebraska.
"It's an economic quality of life draw. People will come here from surrounding areas to visit it. They have several different phases they are going to be working on and so there will be something for everyone," said Regina Roth, BPI Technologies.
The Siouxland Freedom Park is a public-private partnership with the first phase slated to be completed in the Summer of 2012.