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County now getting money for memorial

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

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The artist's rendition depicting the proposed design foor the renovation of the war memorial at the Scott County Court House.
BENTON -- Donations for the renovation of the Scott County war memorial have started to arrive.

Scott County commissioners received a call during their regular meeting Tuesday advising the Cape Girardeau Veteran of Foreign Wars post will donate $100 toward the renovation project.

"That's our first donation," Commissioner Jamie Burger said.

Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel suggested commissioners begin visiting service organizations within the county to encourage donations for the project.

Commissioners also continued discussion on the project itself noting committee members for the renovation project met Monday at the courthouse to work on the renovation and redesign of the monument.

The renovation is being planned so "it will list the names of all the Scott County residents killed in action throughout the county's history," according to County Developer Joel Evans. "The current bronze tablets list only those who were killed in action during World War I."

During Monday's meeting, proposed designs for the renovation were gathered and compiled into a single drawing.

Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said the goal is to "match what's out there and add to it, trying to keep it the same way it is."

Burger said additional plaques may have to have some curvature, however, to fit flush with the monument.

Commissioners said renovation committee members have found a place to get plaques with raised lettering to match the existing plaques.

In addition to honoring each of the branches of the military, Burger said he likes the idea of adding plaques with the POW/MIA flag on both ends of the war memorial to show those missing in action are not forgotten in addition to honoring those killed in action.

Renovation of plumbing to restore the memorial's fountain to operating condition was also discussed. "It's pretty well gone," Ziegenhorn said.

The plumbing is even older than the plaques, Evans said, as they were not unveiled until a ceremony held in November 1940.

"The fountain was already there," he said. "I know it was built before 1929."

With plans for lighting to be included, "we're going to have to have electricity out there, too," Burger said.

Ziegenhorn said the dedication ceremony for the renovated memorial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 11, which is Veteran's Day.

"I thought about an honor band," Evans said, suggesting the band could be made up of musicians from each of the county's schools. "I'd like to see representatives from each community for the dedication," he said.

At the dedication ceremony for the existing plaques, "they had a military band and several veterans organizations represented," Evans said. "I hope that the unveiling of the renovations will be as spectacular as the 1940 unveiling to honor those of Scott County that gave all."

"We've got a lot of work," Priggel said.

Donations can be sent to the Scott County War Memorial Fund, in care of the Scott County treasurer, P.O. Box 278, Benton, MO 63736.

Questions and suggestions for the renovation committee can be submitted by e-mail to info@scottcountymo.com or by calling 573-545-3549.