There’s little doubt this community loves the military.
It’s apparent in obvious ways such as reverence for the flag and the way soldiers and veterans are addressed with respect.
New recognition efforts always are met with enthusiastic support such as the stirring Hardin County Veterans Tribute and the Vietnam Memorial Wall replica located in the Elizabethtown Nature Park. And if you haven’t seen the wall lately, it’s even more impressive.
Dedicated last year, the wall is seen by its advocates as a permanent, lasting tribute to the war in Southeast Asia. Certainly that’s reflected in the fact they invested time and care to ensure updates made to the original in Washington, D.C., are reflected here. Omissions and confirmed spelling errors recently were revised on seven panels.
And while that work was going on, the panels also were etched with the official seal on each branch of the U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard – plus the POW/MIA insignia. It’s a captivating site on the hillside at the park and worthy of a visit if you haven’t yet seen it.
Thanks to each of the local veterans dedicated to this work and representatives from United Auto Workers/Ford Motor Co. who helped with the installation.
But that’s not the only monument in the local headlines recently.
At a ceremony last week, Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory formally signed a letter of intent to provide a site at Freeman Lake Park for a Revolutionary War monument near the new park office.
John Humphries, president of the Colonel John Hardin chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, came up with the idea to honor the heroes of freedom who settled in Hardin County. The SAR partnered on the project with the Captain Jacob Van Meter chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
About $25,000 will need to be raised to pay for the 8-foot-tall granite obelisk. About 140 veterans will be listed there.
It’s an interesting lesson in the region’s history and heritage and worthy of preserving.
This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.