Progress report on Veterans Memorial Park project, "A" Street Brunswick, MD
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As of today, the lights arrived and are in my barn
the fallen soldier statue is in the barn
the dirt has been dug out by the town today
The old electric has been removed and the old pole removed
The town is going to take down the old flag post.
the sign for the tank will be delivered Monday and I dug the holes and placed pipe in them and will install the sign on Monday or Tuesday.
Depending on the weather, a group is needed to spread the top soil being delivered on Tuesday morning. I am hoping to call some of my friends and ask them to help
Lough Monuments has let me down by not having all the stones-per their agreement-delivered by Aug. 15th. I spoke to Jeff and he assured me they will be delivered by Sept. 11th. They are delivering 40 more tomorrow - Friday the 28th.
2 trees will be planted soon which are being donated by a gentleman from Adamstown. We also are working with the City in a design for the shrubs and flowers. Everything is moving forward.
The two guys that are going to do the work on the book will be starting in the next few weeks. 84 Lumber has tentatively agreed to donate the lumber for this part of the project.
Charlie & Buttons Construction team report
Memorial Park to get a facelift
The council agreed to provide a right-of-way for the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars to build a monument on the A Street median, where the park is located.
The park already has a World War II-era Stuart tank and a metal book that stands several feet high, containing the names of veterans who served in World War I and II.
What it doesn't have is landscaping. Also, the book is rusting and can't be opened. Concrete pads where machine guns once stood are empty since the guns were moved to the Brunswick American Legion building.
The monument will be new to the park. "It will be dedicated to all veterans who served our country in peace and in war," Floyd Goetz, a VFW member, said. The entire project is expected to cost $45,000. Half of that has been raised.
The VFW has hired a landscape architect in Jefferson to design the park. Brunswick's Public Works Department will need to approve the plans before construction begins.
Goetz said he expects the project will take two years to complete. The park will have a meditation area with the names of all local service members who have been killed in action. The park will also have flowers and shrubs; a bed of poppies is planned.
To raise funds, the VFW plans to sell stones carved with the names of local veterans. The VFW has also asked the local Fraternal Order of Eagles chapter for a donation to help refurbish the book. The FOE originally paid to have the book created.
The park will be made handicapped accessible.
Memorial Park was often used in the post World War II years, but the community's Veteran's Day parade has bypassed it since the 1970s. The park gets little attention other than by city mowing crews, except each Memorial Day when a small ceremony takes place.
When and where it all got started