Batavia upgrades veterans memorial
BATAVIA — The William C. Harness American Legion Post No. 667 in Batavia has completed an upgrade to the 20-year-old Veterans Memorial in the Batavia Cemetery.
A concrete border, about 1.5 feet-wide, encircles the memorial in a hexagonal shape and includes nine flagpole places.
“We have a flag for each branch of the services,” said Randy Major, a member of the American Legion and Batavia mayor.
“The memorial was dedicated in 1993,” he said. “It honors the ‘supreme sacrifice’ of all veterans. The inscription on the center stone says that. Two wing stones are set on each side, one says ‘duty,’ one says ‘honor.’”
A rose bush planted near the memorial remains surrounded by concrete and is in summer bloom. Concrete benches are in place around the monument.
“The Legion is planning to re-dedicate the memorial on Veterans Day [Nov. 11],” said Major.
Brewington and Sons Concrete Construction Inc. of Batavia created the six-sided geometrical shaped border at the memorial.
“It’s stamped concrete, with a design to look like large stones and a white release was used, giving it a marbled effect,” said Major. “It’s really nice.
“The Legion works and does projects to enhance our community. Two or three years ago, the Legion put up a Batavia sign at the city’s entrance, and we’re planning to add an American flag and an Iowa flag there.
“We’re working with Jefferson County Veterans Affairs Commission and [director] Ray Chambers to get information about veterans benefits out to all veterans in the area,” said Major. “Ray does a great job. We want to reach veterans of all ages.”
Major said Batavia’s American Legion Post is named after a Batavia soldier, William Harness, who died in January 1945 in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.