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Memorial for Veterans taking shape

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

According to designer Nick French, this is what the front of the Global War on Terror monument will look like.
When Nick French was approached by some local residents asking him if he could help with the construction of a monument honoring war veterans, he was ready to step up to the plate.

"Two individuals who were working on the monument approached me about helping and I said I would love to," French recently told The Brazil Times.

French owns the monument business French Monuments.

"It is something I enjoy doing," he said.

French said those responsible for putting together the idea had a general concept for the monument when they came to him. From there, he sketched out a design.

"They had the concept," he said. "I took a look at it and thought that is something we are capable of doing."

The monument, honoring war veterans from the War on Terror, will include the names of Marine Cpl. Gregory Stultz and Indiana National Guard Spc. Arronn Fields, both Clay County natives who gave their lives in the war.

The memorial will rest on the courthouse lawn near the Vietnam War Memorial.

It will include emblems of all branches of the military as well as both Stultz' and Fields' names.

"It is to memorialize those who have died from Clay County in the War on Terror," French said.

He added the monument would be a bevel type, where the names listed on it will be at an angle.

In addition, there will be boxes on the front of the monument above the names with etchings for symbols of each operation during the war.

The back of the monument will include the military emblems.

Plans call for the monument to be made of Jet Black Granite with the other items etched in white.

The plan is to unveil the monument by Memorial Day 2013.

The Clay County Veterans Office is still taking donations for the memorial. Donations may be sent to the office, Room 104, Clay County Courthouse, 609 E. National Ave., Brazil.

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being a veteran that has fought in both iraq and afganistan, i wasnt aware that the gulf war was being included retroactivly in the global war on terror. when did the governemt decide to add that war? and if they didnt ten the memorial needs to be changed to either reflect that is for conflicts since vietnam and add grenada and panama or take desert storm/shield off this memorial. most of you probably wont see the need, but being a vet, its the the details that can destroy a monuments meaning.

-- Posted by DocED on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 12:48 AM

First, thank you Nick for donating your time and resources for this monument. DocEd is correct--Desert Shield/Storm is not considered part of the Global War on Terror and should be removed. While no disrespect is meant to those vets who served in those operations, it is not appropriate for them to be included on this monument. It should remain dedicated to those who have served since September 11th fighting terror all over the world.

-- Posted by Jammin on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 5:55 PM

I think you are just being too picky on this matter. They are trying to Honor Veterans, and those that lost their lives in action. I don't see you saying remove remember 9/11?

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 8:43 PM

Well maybe the memorial committee is trying to do too much good at one time. At least they are doing something. Shame on them!

As a DS/DS vet I can say that it does not matter to me either way the memorial is made. The real point is remembering those vets in a lasting way that future generations can see. I often see memorials and grave markers from past wars and think about what story is there that the books don't tell.

I am not offended by the above comments. If you have feelings or input to offer I urge you to stop in the vets office at the court house and have a talk with Mike Holland. He has been asking for input on this for a long time.

-- Posted by Mike Galloway on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 8:53 PM

Time line of U.S. Wars according to the Department of Veteran affairs.


persian gulf war Aug 2 1990 to Feb 28 1991.

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 9:15 PM

why do the one size fit all thing make one monument with the military emblems on it, and place difference smaller monuments with each event and time period, around it

-- Posted by twolong1short on Thu, Dec 20, 2012, at 10:16 AM

Thank you French Family. I appreciate this.

-- Posted by My Dime on Mon, Dec 24, 2012, at 5:07 PM

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