Archive for Wednesday, March 20, 2002

McLouth residents still planning for memorial

March 20, 2002

McLouth residents continue to work toward bringing the city a Veterans' memorial.

Keith Meador, committee co-chairman, said no date has been set for the memorial, and the committee is still looking at possible sites.

"We've extended the time on it," Meador said. "We're currently looking at a new location for the memorial."

The memorial was expected to be built in Prairie Park, but other sites have been discussed as well.

The memorial might still be built in the park, but Meador said some grants could be more obtainable with a different venue.

The project started a little more than a year ago. At this point, the committee is looking at purchasing an eagle sculpture made by Elden C. Tefft, a retired University of Kansas professor. Tefft taught art at the university from 1950-90 and also sculpted the Jayhawk that's positioned in front of Strong Hall on the KU campus.

The McLouth memorial will be lined with engraved bricks of veterans. The bricks can be in honor of any veteran, not just those from McLouth. Bricks cost $30 each or two for $50 and include the veterans name and branch of service. Meador said numerous bricks have been sold and there has been a good response from the community.

The memorial has also received donations from various civic organizations and through fund-raising campaigns, including an old-fashioned ice cream social with a horseshoe tournament. A community gathering for a movie in December also helped generate funds for the memorial.

Although some aspects of the memorial are still in the planning process, Meador looks forward to making the memorial a reality.

"Nothing's set in stone unfortunately," Meador said.

Anyone interested in purchasing a brick can pick up a form at the Bank of McLouth, 117 S. Union St., or call Lillian Shrader at (913) 796-6220 or Marie Meador at (913) 796-6982.

Bricks can also be purchased after the memorial is in place.

"Even after the memorial is built, if people still want to buy bricks, it's no problem," Moader said. "By the way we have everything lined out, you'll still be able to place bricks without any trouble."

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