Veterans Groups To Select Design For Town's Memorial

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Representatives from a number of local veterans' organizations will meet Monday to select a design for a veterans' memorial for the town.

They will be considering a number of designs submitted by various groups involved with the project.

Jerry Parker, co-chairman of the memorial committee, along with Jack Sheahan, both members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, will submit one of the designs.

Parker's wife, Pat, created a rendering of his idea, which includes 7-inch-by-14-inch ceramic dog tags with veterans' names and brief messages placed on walls surrounding flag poles, a podium and landscaping.

"The walls can be extended to accommodate dog tags as they are added," Parker said Wednesday.

He said the designs are pretty much the same, but the proposed sites for the memorial vary.

Sheahan said possible sites include the Payson Multi-Event Center at the south end of town, Main Street, Green Valley Park, a location across from the Gila County complex and the Town Hall campus.

He said money for the project is coming from the various veterans' organizations. To date, the committee has collected $600.

Two delegates from each of the organizations, the American Legion and its auxiliary, the Amvets, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps Leagues from Payson and Tonto Basin, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, will select the design after hearing comments from the public.

The open meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the American Legion Post on Highway 260.

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