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Commissioners looking for veterans who died in service

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

BENTON -- Scott County commissioners are looking for a complete list of Scott County veterans who have lost their lives in service to their country.

During their regular meeting Tuesday, commissioners discussed the public meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the County Commission meeting room at the courthouse to consider upgrades planned for the county's veterans memorial.

Improvements to the memorial, which is located in front of the courthouse, will be made "to bring it up to date with the names of veterans from Scott Country who have lost their lives" since the memorial was put up, Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said.

The meeting is "for anybody who wants to attend to offer help, advice or just listen," said Commissioner Jamie Burger.

Commissioners said they want to do everything they can to make sure they don't miss any names that should be included. "We don't want to forget anybody," Ziegenhorn said.

"We want this to be a thing everybody can be proud of," Burger agreed.

Ziegenhorn said Blair Moran of Sikeston has already offered to help by contacting the Veterans Administration, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in addition to contacting Rep. Jo Ann Emerson in an effort to gather all the names that should be included.

"This is for all the citizens of Scott County that have lost their lives," Ziegenhorn said. "We don't want to miss anybody."

Commissioners discussed the possibility of making anyone who lived for some time in Scott County before losing their life as a U.S. soldier during wartime eligible for inclusion on the memorial.

Burger said it may be difficult to find the names of people born in Scott County who later moved away before entering the military.

"How do we track them down?" he asked. "I want every name on there that deserves to be on there. The thing I don't want to do is miss somebody."

Commissioners hope to get feedback from county residents during the meeting.

Martin Priggel, presiding county commissioner, said he would like to see this project completed before his term ends in December.

In other business Tuesday, commissioners discussed the proposed ordinance which would require residents to have an E-911 address posted on their homes but said they would prefer to discuss it one more time with Joe Burton, Scott County E-911 administrator, before approving the ordinance.

Burton is temporarily on leave due an injury.