One of the early projects which the Memorial Fund undertook was the funding of the Memorial Fountain in 1979. Would you believe that this was purchased and installed for under $1,500? Pete Peterson oversaw the rebuilding of this fountain in 2009-2010. His assessment of this structure is excellent and follows: "At the center of every town and village is a monument that reminds us of why we are here. Hawthorne's reminder is our Memorial Fountain. It reminds us of those who prepared a great place for us to live and reminds us to preserve what we have for future residents".