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Maugansville war memorial nears completion

March 16, 2001

Maugansville war memorial nears completion



By DAN KULIN

dank@herald-mail.com

MAUGANSVILLE - Six years after deciding Maugansville should honor its veterans, the Maugansville Ruritan Club has almost finished building a war memorial in front of the town community center.

"When we had the anniversary of World War II we thought we should have a World War II memorial. But then we thought why not make it for all conflicts?" said Robert Walton, a member of the Ruritan Club's war memorial committee.

"We thought it would be a nice thing for the community. ... We thought it was our patriotic duty to honor the veterans from Maugansville," Walton said.

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"Once this is done it will be a place people can come and reflect," he said.

Construction of the memorial began in October. About four weeks ago, the roughly 5-foot-tall, engraved granite centerpiece was installed on the cement base that is to be covered with bricks.

The bricks were not part of the original plan, but are needed to cover some vandalism to the cement, Walton said.

Engraved on the stone are the insignias of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

An inscription on the memorial states it is "Dedicated to the memory of those who died in our nation's wars and in honor of all who served in the armed forces of the United States of America."

The target completion date for the memorial is April 26. A June 9 dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned.

When the memorial is finished, flags on three flagpoles behind the stone will be lighted 24 hours a day, Walton said.

He said the group decided against listing the names of veterans on the memorial because "if you miss someone you'll never live it down."

So far, the club has spent almost $5,900 and club members have volunteered 328 man hours to the project.

The group has received about $1,800 in private donations for the memorial.

Walton said it will probably take another 200 man-hours and $1,000 to finish the memorial, which is about 90 percent complete.

For more information or to help with the project, Walton said people should contact him at 301-739-6742.

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