Honor system:Local craftsmen use talents to honor Clay County veterans Warren Morse and Leonard Bottolfson, members of VFW Post 3061, escape the sun by sitting in the shadow of the newly placed city veterans memorial Friday afternoon. They and other veterans stopped by the courthouse to watch workers put flagpoles in place at the new memorial site. by David Lias With Mike Hauck of Clay-Union Electric gingerly running the controls of the cooperative's boom truck, Scott Luken and his father, Bob Luken, owners of Luken Memorials, Yankton, delicately put a major component of the Clay County Veterans Memorial in place Friday morning.
The Vermillion City Veterans Memorial, which for years has stood in Prentis Park, now has a new home in the memorial being constructed on the southeast lawn of the Clay County Courthouse.
Significant progress was made on the memorial last week, but much work remains. Volunteers put a 35-foot high flag pole into place in the center of the memorial, and five smaller flag poles along its eastern edge. The American and South Dakota flags will fly from the larger pole, and on special occasions, the flags of all branches of the armed forces and POW-MIA flags will fly from the smaller poles.
The flag poles, which cost in excess of $11,000, were donated by Vermillion businessman Larry Brady.
Local craftsmen Mike Hauck, Dave Lowther, Chuck Taggart, Roger Holmes, Mike Taggart, Harlan "Shorty" Hanson and Leo Powell are donating their skills to construct the memorial.
Bob and Scott Luken of Luken Memorial, Yankton, have made markers and benches of the courthouse's old sandstone steps. They also will place monuments the city inherited from Kenneth Mockler at the site.
Other work that remains includes scoring and coloring of the memorial's concrete base, the construction of steps and sidewalk, and landscaping.