Story sponsored by: Riverton Police Foundation

kevin griffin(Riverton, Wyo.) – A concert by the Glen Miller Orchestra to benefit the CSM Kevin Griffin Memorial will be hosted Wednesday, June 19th at the CWC Peck Theatre, beginning at 7 p.m. In addition to the concert, live and silent auctions will take place with proceeds of the concert and auctions to be donated to construct and install the Kevin Griffin Memorial bronze sculpture in Veteran’s Park in Riverton.  Tickets for the event are $25 per person and are available for purchase at the CWC Box Office, KTAK-KVOW, Riverton Ranger, Lander Journal, Mammoth Music and the Riverton Police Department. Doors open at the theatre beginning at 6 p.m.

As background, on August 8, 2012, three soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber in the Kunar province of Afghanistan.  One of those soldiers was Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Griffin.

CSM Griffin grew up in Riverton and although his military career, which spanned 24 years, kept him away much of the time, he never lost his love for his community and his community never lost its love for him.  A state champion wrestler at Riverton High School (the Class of 1985), he was always a forceful presence – a man who believed in living life to the fullest.  He was a man who was passionately dedicated to his family and the Army.

In October of 2012 a small group consisting of three veterans and Riverton Police Chief Mike Broadhead started a campaign to erect a memorial statue to CSM Griffin.  The anticipated cost of this memorial is approximately $52,000.  The Board of Directors of the Riverton Police Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, unanimously agreed to act as the fiscal agent for this event, making all sponsorships and donations tax deductible.

After consulting with the Griffin family, the decision was made to erect the “Battle Cross” in Riverton’s Veterans Park.  The scheduled dedication date of the memorial will be Sept. 11th of this year. To date, this is the only fundraiser in Wyoming with proceeds to benefit the fabrication and installation of  the CSM Kevin Griffin Memorial Sculpture, honoring a fallen hero.

For more information, please contact Pamela Canham at 307-856-5033.