SFC Andrew T. Weathers passed away due to injuries suffered in Afghanistan on September 30, 2014 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Andrew was a great friend who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. To honor his memory and sacrifice, this campaign has been established to raise the funds necessary to place a memorial in his memory.
This campaign has been created to allow friends and family of SFC Andrew T. Weathers to contribute towards the placement of a memorial in his hometown of DeRidder, LA in the city's West Park with permission granted by DeRidder's mayor, Ron Roberts.
The memorial is being purchased from Welborn Monment of DeRidder and will consist of a polished black granite squared column with a bronze plaque placed on top of it. Here is a sketch of what the memorial would look like along with measurements:
There will be a photograph of Andrew (changed to insignias of SF due to not obtaining a suitable image with high enough of a resolution) inscribed upon the bronze plaque along with the following text:
In Honor of
SFC Andrew Tarrant Weathers
B Co, 2nd Batt, 7th SFG(A) ODA-7221
Operation Enduring Freedom
February 22, 1984 - September 30, 2014
De Oppresso Liber
Lo Que Sea, Cuando Sea, Donde Sea
Any additional proceeds raised that exceed the goal of this campaign will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House Foundation provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers as well as operating the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members.
Here is an article detailing Andrew's passing, his service, and his awards and honors.
Andrew was a great soldier, friend, and the world is a little less bright without him in it. Rest in peace, Andrew.
EDIT: I just realized that Jacksonville, TX is listed on the campaign site. The reason for this is due to the campaign's creator currently residing there. The memorial will be in DeRidder, LA as described above.
EDIT #2: For the sake of transparency, these are the funds I'm withdrawing from the campaign after gofundme took their 7.9% deduction (plus an additional $0.30 fee for each donation.
So $4450 will be paid to Welborn Monument and the remaining $4.88 will be donated to Fisher House Foundation. I posted an invoice provided to me by Welborn Monument in Update #2. Once payment is made, I will be sure to post the receipt as well as the donation to Fisher House Foundation. As I promised from the start, I intend to keep everything as transparent as possible so you know exactly where your contributions are going.
I have closed the campaign to donations, since we reached our goal. Since any additional contributions would be donated to the Fisher House Foundation, I request anyone willing to contribute to this cause, simply donate directly to Fisher House Foundation. This way, the charity still receives your contribution, without GoFundMe deducting their service charge/fees from the contribution. If you'd like to know more about Fisher House Foundation, you can visit their website at https://www.fisherhouse.org/
Thank you everyone for your support in making this idea a reality. I don't think there are words that can properly convey my appreciation. Thank you all, so very much.
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