A crew from 4th Degree Assemblies 3031 and 3378 set up the tent and heat (donated by Assembly 3031). Bob Ukena, Joe Gudorf, Tim Marean and his son Zach (Assembly 3031), and Ken Wiley and nephew Steve, Joe Henkels and Marty Herrmann (Assembly 3378) set it up to prepare for the painting, so we are now almost ready for the transformation. This event was witnessed by several of the Vets, including Tom Dunbar and Daniel Seed (Pictured), who showed their appreciation for the project, and are excited to see the painting begin.
Joe Henkels pressure washed the rock so that it would be ready for Bubba to start the painting.
The initial meeting with Kala Sherwood, the team and Kristi Miller (LEED AP BD+C), Construction Administrator, OPN Architects was held. This meeting was to discuss the conceptual design parameters and scope for the project, including the Terrain Therapy Garden.
Joe Henkels and volunteers from Barnhart Crane set the rock on the footing.
I stopped by the VA Hospital to check out the footing, and was approached by one of the Veterans, Barry Anderson, who proudly started telling me all about the rock, and how Bubba Sorenson was going to paint it. He said that “All the guys know what’s going on with the rock, and are looking forward to seeing the progress.” He complimented the job Rick did putting the footing in, and explained the appreciation the Vets have for what is being done. I explained that I had found the rock, and that the Knights of Columbus Assemblies 3378 and 3031 are behind the project. I also explained that all of the labor, materials and other costs have been donated, and there has been no cost to the VA for this project. We are doing this for the Vets to honor and show our appreciation for their service and the sacrifices they have made for us. It was great to hear about the excitement this is generating among the Vets.