Veterans memorial construction begins at county courthouse

Veterans memorial construction begins at county courthouse Despite cloudy skies and the threat of rain and snow showers, a crew from Sammelson Construction of Vermillion began work last Friday on the Clay County Veterans Memorial. It used a Bobcat loader tractor and other earth-moving equipment to clear away the sod from the site of the memorial at the Clay County Courthouse grounds. The memorial will be located on the southeast corner of the courthouse. It will feature the three monuments donated to the city by the late Kenneth Mockler, the American flag, service flags for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and the veterans monument from Prentis Park. Local craftsmen will build the memorial, and should be able to make progress soon if the weather cooperates. Fund-raising is still under way to pay for the project. by David Lias If Mother Nature cooperates, workers should be able to make good progress on the Clay County Veterans Memorial in the near future.

But more than just hard work will make the memorial a reality.

The Clay County Veterans Memorial Committee, which has spent considerable time planning this project, hasn�t raised enough funds to pay for all of the work.

Despite cloudy skies and the threat of rain and snow showers, a crew from Sammelson Construction of Vermillion began work last Friday.

It used a Bobcat loader tractor and other earth-moving equipment to clear away the sod from the site of the memorial at the courthouse grounds.

�The work will probably continue next week,� Mayor Bill Radigan said Oct. 6. �Workers will start to lay the footing for the cement, and they will take some of the corner bricks out of the wall that goes around the grounds.�

While those efforts are taking place, committee members will continue their campaign to raise the needed funds in the community.

�We need to raise about $10,000 more for all of the work to be completed as planned,� Radigan said.

Construction of the memorial will be done by a group of craftsmen from the Vermillion community, Radigan said. That should help to keep costs down.

The memorial will be located on the southeast corner of the courthouse. It will feature the three monuments donated to the city in 1995 by the late Kenneth Mockler, the American flag, service flags for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and the veterans monument from Prentis Park.

Benches and planters will surround the patio area, which can be accessed at the corner of Main and High streets, or the north courthouse parking lot.

The city has donated the Prentis Park monument, along with Mockler�s monuments, which were originally located at his home east of Vermillion. Clay County will maintain the grounds and the city will provide electricity and maintain the lighting for the memorial.

Approximately $22,000 has been gathered by the committee.

It now has $30,000. Estimated cost of the new memorial is $40,000.

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