BAXTER SPRINGS — The proposed Baxter Springs Veterans’ memorial is nearing it’s fundraising goals but Baxter Springs Police Chief David Edmondson insists the memorial is not just for veterans from Baxter Springs.
“We’re not calling it the Baxter Springs Veteran’s Park,” he said. “It’s to represent all veterans, not just from Baxter Springs but everywhere.”
For nearly two years Edmondson has been pounding the pavement trying to raise money for a memorial he’d heard for years was needed.
He said that for years under two different mayors people would say the memorial should be built but no one did anything.
“It was eating me up,” he said. “I made up my mind one day to ask (former mayor) Huey York if he would allow me to form a committee ... to raise the money.”
As of right now Edmondson said they have raised about $85,000 of the $100,000 needed to complete the project.
“I think we have enough money now to commit to a contract and secure the property,” he said.
Edmondson said the memorial will be located at the corner of 13th and Park in Baxter Springs and will include a sidewalk covered with granite pavers engraved with the names of veterans. The pavers are available for $50 and can be purchased at the Baxter Springs City Hall.
Edmondson said it is important to honor the nation’s veterans and noted that 800 men from Baxter Springs served in WWII alone.