Fundraising efforts for the Cuero Firefighters Memorial are underway.

The Cuero Heritage Museum, in conjunction with The Be Nice Express, is working to raise $500,000 for the memorial, which involves the restoration of three antique firetrucks, along with Cuero’s former Coca-Cola building located on East Main Street across from the post office, according to a news release.

This memorial will honor not only Cuero firefighters but also the memory of the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11. Once the firetrucks are restored to working condition, they will be housed in the renovated Coca-Cola building for the public to view and learn about Cuero’s rich local firefighting history. Plans also include using the firetrucks in area parades, funerals and special events.

The goal of the fundraiser is to unite 10 businesses in each of 500 South Texas towns to donate $100 each to raise $1,000 toward the project. After a town reaches its goal, the Cuero Heritage Museum will go to that town and host a “Corks & Canvas” art party for 10 as a thank you to the donors. The names of all donors in the participating towns will be displayed within the memorial.

The kickoff for the Cuero Firefighters Memorial fund in Victoria will be held in conjunction with the grand reopening of Crossroads Chiropractic Clinic, 3506 Sam Houston Drive, at 4 p.m. Friday. For more information, contact Amber Fitts Jones at 361-485-8090.

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