County considers new memorial for veterans

Friday, August 20, 2004

Recently, County Judge Botelho asked Dr. Glen Clefisch, county Veterans Service officer, to head a committee to put in place a memorial to all veterans of Carroll County, both men and women, who have served in the armed forces of the United States.

The monument is to be placed in Frontier Park, behind the Presbyterian Church in Berryville.

Planning is under way to have a World War II or Korean War artillery piece placed beside the monument, in recognition of the service of the National Guard Artillery of Berryville.

Committee leaders include: Jim Newell -- Berryville community; Jimmy Evans -- Eureka Springs community; and Bob Wingard and Odus Fiveash -- co-chairs for the Green Forest community.

It is the goal of the committees to collect contributions from businesses, organizations and individuals within Carroll County, Clefisch said.

First National Bank of Berryville, Community First Bank of Eureka Springs, and First National Bank of Green Forest have agreed to establish accounts to receive all contributions.

Dr. Clefisch said that he anticipates that $4,000 will have to be raised to make the memorial a reality.

The committee has decided that there will be a maximum contribution limit of $100 in order to assure wide participation.

Dr. Clefisch also said that it is the goal of the committee to have the monument ready to be dedicated at Veterans Day ceremonies on Nov. 11.

Anyone wishing to contribute is encouraged to contact their community chair or Dr. Clefisch at 870-423-4000 or 423-3791.

For further information, contact Clefisch at the numbers above.

This memorial would be in addition to the World War II granite memorial to veterans from Carroll County on the Berryville square, which lists local soldiers who were killed during the two World Wars, Vietnam and Korea.

The new memorial will be a for all who have served, both men and women, in conflicts or service to their country.

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