Group gets 1,000 signatures for veterans’ memorial spot
CLEAR LAKE (AP) — Volunteers seeking to build a veterans memorial along the Sea Wall bordering Clear Lake said they have gathered more than 1,000 signatures.
The group will present the petition for the Sea Wall location to the City Council ahead of a meeting Monday at which members are scheduled to discuss the issue, The Mason City Globe Gazette reported.
Clear Lake has been struggling to find a place for the memorial and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board wants the council to form a task force to pick a location.
The parks board has opposed the Sea Wall location and members voted 5-1 against the spot earlier this month, saying it was too busy.
“This is probably the most visible and the most deserving place for this memorial to go,” said Mike Finnegan, a supporter of the Sea Wall location who helped to organize the petition drive. “We can’t imagine, I mean fathom, how much we owe the veterans. This is a memorial not just to the deceased veterans; this is a memorial to the living veterans also and we just need to put it in the most noticeable, the most desirable, the most visible place.”
The memorial will include three 5-foot high tribute walls with the names of war veterans from Clear Lake and Ventura inscribed on them. It would honor Vietnam veterans on one panel, World War I and II veterans on the second, and veterans of the Korean and Gulf wars on the third. It would also include three flag poles and a small flower garden.