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11/21/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Members of the DeWitt Area Veteran’s Memorial committee (from left) Bob Rands, Mike Osmun, Rich Dunkin and Steve Mosier have examples of what the pavers will look like to purchase in honor of a loved one for the new memorial. The completed pavers will be on display — together with order forms — at numerous area business in DeWitt and Grand Mound and at the pancake breakfasts held monthly at the American Legion. Verlyn Scheckel also is a member of the committee. Photo by Kate Howes
Pavers available for purchase for DeWitt Veteran's Memorial

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

A monumental project that's been a long time in the making finally is taking shape. A committee of Eugene McManus American Legion Post 238 members in DeWitt are hoping residents can help them see it through to completion and honor area veterans in a permanent and proper way.

Those serving on the committee for the DeWitt Area Veteran's Memorial are Rich Dunkin, Steve Mosier, Mike Osmun, Bob Rands and Verlyn Scheckel.

For over four years, the group has been planning a memorial to honor all veterans in all branches of the military, past and present.

Construction of the monument, located north of DeWitt near Elmwood Cemetery, is coming along slowly but surely and Osmun says progress will proceed so long as the committee can raise the necessary funds.

Right now, pavers are available for purchase including veterans' names, branches of service, conflicts/wars or unit names and years of service.

The pavers are on display at numerous area businesses - Art's Barber Shop, Hansen Monuments, DeWitt Bank and Trust, First Central State Bank, Leo's Barber Shop, True Value, the police department and Scott Drug in DeWitt and First Trust and Savings Bank in Grand Mound, as well as at the monthly pancake breakfasts at the American Legion. Order forms also are available wherever the pavers are being displayed.

Considering all the concrete and granite needed to create a lasting tribute to those serving or who have served their country in peacetime or in war, the committee is eager to sell as many pavers as possible.

"(Selling the pavers) will be a big fund-raiser for this project," Osmun notes.

Anyone who orders a paver must complete the form and mail it to: DeWitt Area Veteran's Memorial, PO Box 286, DeWitt, IA 52742.

Placing of the 6x12 granite paving bricks (which are 2 3/4 inches thick) will be the last step in completing the memorial so they won't be subject to any damage from heavy machinery moving around at the site, Osmun adds.

Only one paver per veteran will be permitted.

"As much as we'd love to have someone buy six pavers for one individual, we just won't have the room," Osmun says.

The memorial will be divided into six sections: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. Each paver will be placed in its appropriate section.

However, if there are too many paving bricks representing one branch to fit in its designated area, Osmun notes, they will need to be moved to a different division.

"We know the Army will fill up first and will fill up fast," he relates. "If there are too many (pavers) to fit in that section, we will have to move them into another area. We're extending the walkways as much as we can so we can get as many pavers in as possible. However, we know there's going to be overflow issues."

Osmun says the committee is hoping to sell between 350-400 pavers per section.

Anyone with questions may contact Osmun by calling 563-212-9302, or Rands at 563-343-7314.

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