A permanent monument for the Crawford County Veterans Hall of Fame is one step closer to completion.
According to Chuck Christman, president of the organization, Longstreth Memorials in Galion is in charge of creating the monument that will be placed on the lawn of the Crawford County Courthouse in the southeast corner.
“The monument will be placed in the location where the fountain used to be,” said Christman on Thursday while meeting with Ken Ewing and Sean Longstreth of Longstreth Memorials.
Ewing demonstrated the process he will be using to engrave pavers and bricks that are available for purchase to honor local veterans.
“The pavers will be placed around the monument in a 35-foot circle, in the garden area and as part of the walkway. Oberlander’s will be in charge of the landscaping,” said Don Scheerer, vice president of the organization that formed in 2006.
Each year in November, a group of veterans are inducted into the local Hall of Fame with the first class being inducted in 2007.
“Since we formed in 2006, this monument has always been our goal,” Christman said.
Sean Longstreth said the monument itself will be pentagon-shaped and the five points will represent each branch of the military.
A monument that features plaques with each inductee’s name and service branch will remain at the Bucyrus City Hall where it is currently located.
“We will continue to update the wooden monument at city hall too,” Christman said.
Scheerer said if the courthouse roof project begins this spring, the construction of the monument could be pushed back a few months.
“If the roof project does not go right now, we will break ground for the monument this year,” Scheerer said.
Either way, the plan is to have the monument and garden area in place within the next year and a half.
Christman said inscribed pavers and bricks can be ordered through the Crawford County Veterans Hall of Fame.
Standard paving bricks are $100 each while square paving bricks are $200 each. Granite pavers run from $300 to $700 depending on the size preference.
“We want people to begin ordering now if possible,” said Christman.
The $100,000 project is being funded through donations and grants.
“We are close to our goal of $75,000 and if we reach that, the Timken Foundation is offering a grant for $25,000,” said Scheerer.
For more information or to order a paver to honor a veteran, call Don Scheerer at 419-562-9789.
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