AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Texas Panhandle War Memorial has raised $1.6 million to help build a new education center, the organization announced Monday.
The collection campaign launched last December when the Randall County Commissioners voted to support the state-of-the art center. The 12,500 sq. foot facility is expected to cost $8.5M, Texas Panhandle War Memorial promised to raise at least $1.5 million.
"We are encouraged by the positive response from the community and we anticipate that gifts will reach the $2 million mark by the end of 2016," Co-Chairman J. Rex Lemert said.
TPWM said the new center will provide a highly interactive digital environment showcasing all major American wars, as well as recognize the sacrifices made by veterans during times of crisis.
"It's our privilege to honor (veterans)," said J. Pat Hickman, CEO of Happy State Bank. "A monetary contribution is easy when one considers what our veterans have done for us. It is by their sacrifice that we get to live, work, and worship very day."