S ince becoming available, the DVD recording of the day of the rededication of the World War II Veterans Memorial Clock has seen significant sales, helping to provide for the future upkeep of the Main Street living monument, officials said.
With an eye to the distant future in the spring of 2010, John Freed asked that a fund be set up to provide for the upkeep of the clock after he volunteered to spend the summer completely rebuilding and restoring the clock.
The work is done. The ceremony a pleasant memory for all involved and now sales of the recording are helping to ensure the future of the WWII Veterans Memorial Clock long into the future.
Freed said recently he was not aware of the sales, but he was happy to hear someone was doing something to support the project.
“Once again, I am overwhelmed by the response to these DVDs. It just shows how much Granvillians love their town, their vets and their monument to them. September 18th was a magic night for me, to see that huge turnout of support packing our village streets. I would like to thank the school kids and Dan Nelson for capturing it all on film. I want everyone to know that I plan on maintaining this clock free of charge, and I am thrilled that we have the Vet Clock Fund on reserve to go to if we need any parts. I am anxious to open it come spring time to see how it faired the tough rigors of northern winters,” Freed said.
Village Clerk Treasurer Rick Roberts said sales have been going exceptionally well. The single day sales record stands at 11 DVDs since the discs went on sale at the end of the year; about 45 total.
Roberts said sales thus far have put about $700 into the TD Bank fund, which is earmarked for future repair work the clock could need.
The DVD will remain on sale at the village hall.
The commemorative DVD of the observances from Sept. 18, 2010, includes the clock rededication ceremony, the parade and video tribute to veterans all completed by Granville High School technology coordinator Dan Nelson and his helpers.
Anyone wishing to purchase a DVD can contact Roberts during office hours Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or requests can be sent with payment through the mail.
The DVD is $15; add $5 to for the postage, discs are sent in a priority envelope and should arrive in two to three days.
Mailed request should be sent to: Village of Granville, Attn.: Clock DVD, P.O. Box 208,
Granville, N.Y. 12832. Checks should be made out to the Village of Granville.
“I think it’s a nice keepsake whether you were there or weren’t able to be there. I think the tribute to those who served was nicely done and if you weren’t able to get there it’s nice to see what actually happened there that day. I think it’s a nice gift for any veteran or anyone who has a special feeling in their heart for Granville,” Roberts said of the commemorative disc.
Requests can be sent to the office via e-mail by sending a request to [email protected].
Roberts said any e-mailed requests would be mailed after payment was received.