by William T. Beverly, Ph.D.
LA VETA- It has been a long and rewarding road for Joan Hanley and the Doris Tracy Project. Word from the artists’ camp this weekend was all about their sincere gratitude for the outstanding community support the project has received. This dream will soon become a reality.
Yes folks, the Doris Tracy Memorial will be unveiled this coming Friday, November 11 at 3 pm. On this day, the site will be dedicated to Doris Bristol Tracy who served as a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot) from 1943 to 1945.
The memorial honoring former La Veta resident Doris Bristol Tracy will be unveiled in the courtyard between the public library and Francisco Fort Museum, right next to the old building where Doris once ran a store.
The memorial figures have returned from the foundry in Loveland, have their patina and are now almost ready to be placed and unveiled. They are waiting for the concrete foundation to settle and be prepared. The community of La Veta and the people of Huerfano County have really pitched in to make this happen according to sculptor Joan Hanley.
The Pueblo Chieftain ran a brief article by Mary Jean Porter about the project, titled: “Memorial Honors Female Pilot.” The “You Fly, Girl” blog has also honored Tracy by running a story about the project.
All are invited to attend the unveiling. Donations are still being accepted to cover the costs of the project. Mail donations to the SCCY at 129 Kansas Avenue, Walsenburg, CO 81089. Be sure to state that your donation is for the Doris Tracy Memorial Project. For more information, go to: http://doristracy.blogspot.com.
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