Pride Industries donates $10,000 to ‘Bulldog’ memorial
Sgt. Robert Larson,
24th Press Camp Headquarters:
Pride Industries has been a strong supporter of the military by giving jobs to veterans with disabilities.
On April 11, Pride once again showed their support at Fort Bliss by donating to the Bulldog Brigade Memorial Association’s efforts to build a memorial to the fallen Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
Pride Industries is the primary provider of facilities and grounds maintenance for Fort Bliss with more than 350 employees. Jeff Belles, general manager of Pride’s Fort Bliss office, was on hand to donate a check to BBMA for $10,000. He was informed of BBMA’s benefit effort through his company’s partnership with 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, one of 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s units.
“This memorial is just a small token to the ultimate sacrifice that 3rd Brigade Soldiers have made,” said Belles. “To honor them like this is a really cool gesture.”
Belles said Pride Industries wanted to show its appreciation for the contributions and the sacrifices that the Bulldog Brigade has made by helping provide a place for the Soldiers of the brigade to reflect and remember their fallen comrades. The memorial is being built to honor those “Bulldog” Brigade Soldiers who died during operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Carla Whitesell-Dahl, president of BBMA, received the donation on the association’s behalf. Whitesell-Dahl said that with Pride’s donation, the memorial fund had raised more than $20,000 of the estimated $45,000 needed to complete the memorial.
“We are honored that Pride is willing to working with us on the Bulldog Brigade Memorial,” Whitesell-Dahl said.
The memorial will be located in front of the brigade’s headquarters building. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for May 24, as part of Memorial Day weekend. The dedication for the memorial will be held in September, allowing for time to contact family and friends of those being honored and for the Soldiers of the brigade currently deployed to return.
“We are very proud of our Soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan,” said Whitesell-Dahl. “This will give us time to bring them home for the dedication later this summer.”
Maj. Joel D. Newsom, the brigade’s rear detachment commander, was also present at the donation ceremony. He thanked Pride for their generous donation to the memorial fund.
“This is just another great example of how great the El Paso community is in the support that they give to Fort Bliss,” said Newsom. “Pride Industries really stepped up, and we are honored that they would donate so much for this memorial.”
Pride’s donation was just one of many donations already given to the BBMA, but the work is not done. Whitesell-Dahl said donations are still being accepted through the association’s Facebook page, by searching for Bulldog Brigade Memorial Association on Facebook.
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