To the Editor...Do not move Veterans Park
By: Velda Beck, Pine Journal
To the Editor:
VFW Post 3979 became involved in Veterans Memorial Park in 1974. Commander Bernard Juran went to the City Council to ask that the park receive its name. Harvey Olson donated equipment to dredge the pond. In 1978 we went before the Park Board and got permission to put lighting on the flag pole. Arthur Hebert’s killed-in-action flag was the first flag to fly in 1980. Since then, 194 flags have been flown, and a supply is stored at the VFW3979 and dedicated on Memorial Day. The veterans organizations have donated funds and labor to a total of $40,750. The city has donated far more to make the park as we see it today. In 1999 a Master Plan was started, and my husband and I represented the veterans. Many hours and thoughts went into the plan that was drawn up by Sanders, Wacker and Bergly, Inc. It was approved by the City Council. The profit from the paver blocks in memory of veterans has helped with the improvements to date.
The present Parks Committee wants to discontinue the present park and transfer it to Voyageur Park. This setting is too small for all the memorials (including some trees) and the armaments. It is a flood plain, and flooding could happen each year. Also, I question if a soil test bore has been done to accept a tiny shelter in the plan and the armament? It took 24 feet to reach bedrock for the picnic shelter.
I voted for the half-percent to improve all parks, not to waste money by tearing Veterans Park down and move to where it is visible briefly going north.
I don’t have to look at a river while I honor veterans who defended our country.
In honor of veterans,
Velda Beck, Cloquet