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Lookout Park tribute wins council support

Jul 29, 2017

Janelle Patterson | Marietta Times

Marietta City Council’s Lands Buildings and Parks Committee gave its blessing for a new memorial in Lookout Park Thursday.

Now it’s time for us to fund raise,” said Bernie Lyons, of Vienna, W.Va., who is an honorary board member of the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation.

The foundation sponsors outreach programs and events to honor families who have lost loved ones in the U.S. Armed Services.

A similar monument sits in the Spencer’s Landing Park in Vienna, one of 21 dedicated to those who have outlived their heroes.

It’s a tribute to all fallen and to the families who have to live on without them,” said Marietta Safety-Service Director Jonathan Hupp. “Some states have more than one memorial, some states don’t have any yet, but it was a mission of Woody’s to truly honor those whose sacrifice was their loved one’s service.

Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th ward, said he felt honored not only that the foundation selected Marietta as the next desired location for a monument, but that it will be built in his ward.

It’s an underutilized park,” said Vukovic. “So this is going to bring more people up on to Harmar Hill and hopefully it will also eventually fuel the expansion of facilities to meet a community need.

Lyons said the memorials are visited not only by family members who have lost a loved one in service to their country but also by veterans looking to sit in peace.

It will attract visitors, we’ve seen that at other locations,” he said.

For Roy Trembley, commandant of the Sgt. Bob O’Malley Detachment 1436, the hope is the memorial will also instill a desire to learn more about the history of the nation in young minds.

Kids nowadays don’t appreciate the history of their freedoms,” he said. “This is also for them, to know the sacrifices made.

The estimated cost of the project is $50,000 but Lyons said the foundation will look for ways to lower that cost as they now go in search of funds.

I’m excited about this because it’s also investing in our youth and utilizing the monument as a means of educating them in patriotic values and the importance of military service,” said at-large Councilman Cindy Oxender.

Council also discussed planned renovations to the playground at the corner of Washington and Fourth streets and plan to support a license for the application of grants for the estimated $500,000 project.

That legislation is projected to be introduced next week at council’s regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front St.