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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 • Posted December 8, 2010

Gerry Gamel, Editor

County Courthouse Grounds have traditionally been locations for the placement of memorials commemorating historical events, distinguished personages, and religious icons. Veterans Memorials remembering those who have served or been wounded, or imprisoned, or lost their life typically had prominent locations on the Courthouse Grounds. Time moves on and circumstances change; the Courthouse and Grounds often no longer function as the sole focal point for the community. So we are faced with relocation of the Veterans Memorial or obtaining a waiver to allow it to remain at the present location on the grounds. I personally have no strong opinion on the relocation or the waiver; however, I want to offer the following:

Veterans Memorials are located to allow viewers a reasonably peaceful, calm, and relatively quiet location to remember individuals and to contemplate the reality and necessity of the loss. The present day location of our Memorial does not provide this. It is only a few steps away from major traffic intersections with a constant daytime flow of big rigs, recreational vehicles, trucks, automobiles, and motorcycles. If you attended the recent Veterans Day Celebration (which was good and proper), you saw, felt, and heard this distraction.

So, if it is the desire to request a waiver; please do so. Waiver or not consider placing the Memorial in a more appropriate location on or off the Courthouse Grounds. Movement of the Memorial does not make those honored into "second class citizens"; not affording them a proper Memorial location tends to lead to that end.

Al Dreyer

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