Organizers moving ahead on W. Burlington memorial

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Organizers of a planned veterans memorial in West Burlington say they’re making progress and expect truckloads of granite to arrive by next spring.

The Hawk Eye newspaper reports ( ) Great River Health Systems has donated land for the memorial, which will be 90 feet wide and 14 feet high.

The monument’s cost is estimated at $505,000, and a committee has raised more than $200,000. Organizers are seeking donations from businesses and individuals.

The memorial will have room for engravings of 2,000 veterans’ names. More than 1,200 have been submitted.

There is a $175 charge for each entry, which includes the veteran’s name, military branch and time of service.

Organizers say five truckloads of granite will arrive at the site next spring. A dedication is tentatively set for July 4, 2015.


Information from: The Hawk Eye,

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