Veterans memorial planned
A state grant program could help McLouth residents realize their dreams for a veterans memorial and, perhaps, dress up two other memorials in a city park.
Marie Meador, veterans memorial co-chairperson, said the new memorial would be at the city park near Kansas Highway 92.
A Kansas Department of Transportation grant available for historical markers or trails near highways will be awarded in 2004. Applica-tions are due in November.
If McLouth is a successful applicant, a grant could help fund the veterans memorial as well as improvements to two other memorials in the park. And it's possible a new playground could be constructed.
"That's going to put us a little bit later than we thought it would," Meador said.
She explained that, originally, the organizers had hoped to erect the veterans memorial in Prairie Park, but that site is not near a state highway. So the city park was chosen as the new site.
Meador hopes the project will be completed in 2004 or 2005.
The memorial fund also has had help from community events. The profits from the recent McLouth Barbecue Blowout were donated to the drive.
Other fund-raising projects included a movie night last December and a concert in the park.
Memorial bricks that will be part of the landmark are also being sold. Bricks can be purchased for anyone who has served or is serving in the Armed Forces.
Meador, a veteran herself and commander of the local American Legion post, said the memorial's delay should help the community by adding more to the park.
"With this whole scope, if we get the grant we can do a lot more for our city park," Meador said.