I was on a committee to construct a memorial to my cities veterans when the two WWI Japanese cannons fell into disrepair. We donated them to our military bases museum and they restored them to look like new. We had to raise $20,000 from individuals to fully fund our plans and we did it in less than 5 months. We dedicated the memorial on Veteran's Day of 2003. It consisted of a seven foot high, 10 inches thick block of highly polished black granite cut into an outline of the state of Minnesota with a banner with all service emblems ending at our location in the state. It also had the saying of "Some Gave All, All Gave Some!" on the face along with the dedication date. The back was engraved with, "The sacrificed, suffered and served for......" You would see yourself just like in a mirror. We also put down paver blocks and cemented in three benches for those just wanting to reflect and rest. Their was a bandstand next to it and we put decorative blocks around the base of it and also the water fall on the other side to tie it all into the flag pole stand. It was probably the thing I felt the best about in my whole live.
I was at the Grand Opening of our New and long awaited Memorial Park last Sunday 10/09/2011. I have waited along with many to see this project come to be. If you get the chance, take the time to go see for yourself. I am amazed how the comfort of just being in that enviorment gives you a feeling of peace. I want to thank all involved in this project. Soldotna now has a place for generations to come and reflect on the history of this wonderful City and those who choose to live here.
I fought this for 10 years, and obviously lost. I haven't been back to see the park except for the front gate. I'm glad they left the trees along the road so the neighbors don't have to look at it every day, so thank you for that. However, I'm dreading the vandalism issue, and that was my arguement all along. I'm not a pessimist, I'm a realist and it's going to happen. I don't want it to, but there are too many teens in this town with nothing to do. I hope the Soldotna Police will be driving by a little more often now (and maybe catch a speeder or two in the process). I'm worried about Halloween approaching so everyone needs to keep an eye open for goblins in the cemetary this year, and the years to follow.
Justamom, That was a concern of ours also but we decided we would just have to deal with it since it was a greater benefit to the community to have the memorial. In the eight years it has been in existence we have never had a single act of vandalism!
I would guess that even those who would commit these acts would stop and think of their relations who have served in our armed forces and forget about the destruction of their memories.
Yea I won the lottery and bought 5 million gallons of swamp land in Florida also! :-) Want to buy a few hundred gallons?
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