For years, Fisher’s Family Restaurant has been a staple of the West side of Jamestown. Serving coffee and pie in addition to a full menu of homemade lunches and dinners, owners Mark and Marlene Fisher created a friendly environment for locals to gather, share stories and make memories.
Fisher’s Family Restaurant began collecting donations for Veterans Memorial Park in a jar on the restaurant’s counter. Customers would leave often leave their spare quarters and nickels with the occasional dollar bill finding its way into the collection jar.
When Marlene passed away unexpectedly in August, the collections grew; each one given with a fond memory of Marlene. Recently, her husband Mark presented the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation with the contents of the jar, a donation nearing $700 to continue the work at Veterans Memorial Park in Marlene’s memory.
On August 22, the monument representing all of the branches of the United States Armed Forces was installed at the park. According to Ron Cotten, Veterans Memorial Commission chairman, it was important to include all those who have served in our military during times of war and peace.
“There is no one in this country who is untouched by military service,” Cotten said. “(This park) is a good place for people to come and reflect on things going on in the world and recognize the importance of men and women in uniform. Without them, we wouldn’t have the freedoms that we have.”
Other members of the Veterans Memorial Commission include Barclay Wellman, Chuck Telford, Russell Diethrick Jr., Sharon Terwilliger, Bill Servis, Joseph Paladino, George Spitale and Tom Abbott.
The Veterans Memorial Commission hopes to have the park completed and ready for dedication before Veterans Day. Donations for the project are still being accepted and each dollar will be matched by The Lenna Foundation if the donation is made before November 1.
Tax-deductible donations may be made online, here. Checks may also be mailed or delivered to the foundation at 418 Spring Street, Jamestown.
For more information on Veterans Memorial Park, or work the Veterans Memorial Commission is doing, contact Cotten at 664-0762.