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Veteran’s memorial planned

By Julie Neal | Published Sunday, August 29, 2010

The city of Alvord will soon have a place to honor veterans.

The Alvord City Council agreed Thursday night to allow the Alvord Veterans Memorial Committee to build a memorial in Elm Creek Park to honor veterans from the city. The structure would be 100 square feet with descending height walls.

“We would like to have a little plot of land by where the children play because they gave them that freedom,” committee member Inez Hand said. “All we’re asking for is a little plot of land.”

Initially, councilwoman Paula Talley made a motion to donate the land, but councilman Chris Caster expressed concerns about approving the site without knowing exactly what it looks like first. Talley then changed the motion to donate the land, but only after the council has approved the site. The motion was approved.

To build the memorial, the committee estimates it would cost $28,000, but they would raise it themselves. They have $3,000 and plan to have the remainder raised within three years.

To include the citizens of Alvord in the process, the committee would hold a contest at Alvord High School for students to submit suggestions of what to put on the memorial. The winner would receive a $500 scholarship.

The memorial would be considered city property and would only require simple maintenance, the committee said. This would include water and electricity.

To raise the remaining balance, veterans and their families are able to purchase the bricks and benches at the memorial in honor or memory of their loved ones. A groundbreaking ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

In other news, the council approved a higher rate proposed by IESI. Households will see a 38-cent increase for trash disposal.

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