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Veterans Day event may be repeated next year

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

BENTON -- With the overwhelming response to the Scott County Veterans Day Service Saturday at the courthouse, officials are considering doing it again next year.

During their regular meeting Tuesday, commissioners discussed the success of the service which was held to honor Scott County's veterans and to dedicate the newly-renovated Scott County War Memorial.

"We thank everybody who came out," Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said.

County Clerk Rita Milam said that was the first Veterans Day service ever for a lot of the people that attended Saturday's.

Due to cold temperatures, the event was held in the main courtroom. As approximately 500 people showed up for the service, over half the people were unable to find room inside the courtroom for what officials described as a moving ceremony.

"I think at one time, there wasn't a dry eye in the place," Milam said.

"It was a very emotional program," Ziegenhorn agreed. "It was a good program."

Milam said she heard several positive comments from those who attended about the countywide high school honor band and even a suggestion they should reassemble to put on a special Christmas concert. "They were so good," she said.

Commissioners discussed with County Developer Joel Evans the possibility of running sound and video feeds into the lobby for future events that bring in a crowd exceeding the courtroom's capacity.

Evans said he is also working on a frame to preserve the proclamation issued by the County Commission for the Veterans Day service along with the graphics for the service's advertisement and a photograph of the renovated memorial.