Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Kenton veterans memorial finds quiet spot to be seen

By Cindy Schroeder, cschroeder@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] Lou Hartfiel is overseeing the memorial's move
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        CRESCENT SPRINGS — After nearly eight years in front of the railroad tracks near Anderson and Western Reserve roads, the Kenton County Veterans Memorial is moving to a more prominent location.

        By early October, backers plan to move the memorial to a Crescent Springs Community Park entrance at Buttermilk Pike and Collins Road. New features will include an eternal flame, three flagpoles, decorative lighting, an antique fountain, stone walls, landscaping and a 21-foot black granite sign identifying the memorial. The existing wall of names listing Kenton County casualties of World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War will be moved. Also making the trek: inscribed benches, a plaque listing contributors, brick pavers and a plaque recognizing the late Dr. Alvin Poweleit, a survivor of the Bataan Death March who helped many to survive the grueling World War II ordeal.

        On Wednesday, Villa Hills City Council is expected to contribute $3,000 toward the $30,000 to $40,000 project. Kenton County Fiscal Court earlier allocated $2,000 for the memorial, and Crescent Springs City Council voted a week ago to spend up to $5,800 to move and rebuild the memorial. The Kenton County Veterans Memorial Committee also has raised about $8,000, mostly from roadside collections, and the committee plans to solicit corporate sponsors.

   What: Purchase of brick pavers to help pay for the moving and rebuilding of the Kenton County Veterans Memorial. They are 4 inches by 8 inches and have three lines for inscription. Each line can have a maximum of 13 characters, including spacing and punctuation.
   When: This fall.
   Where: Memorial will be moved to Buttermilk Pike and Collins Road. Pavers at the current memorial location also will be moved to the new one.
   Cost: Each paver costs $45. A 1-foot by 1-foot brick will be sold for $250. To place an order for a personalized paver, specify inscription and mail check to the Kenton County Veterans Memorial Fund, 2404 High St., Box 165, Crescent Springs, 41017.
   Information: (859) 341-9144. Memorial: Site better for visitors, services
        “Where it is, it's not very visible,” said Crescent Springs Mayor Claire Moriconi. “It doesn't get the recognition it deserves. And it's right by the railroad tracks. When they have a ceremony down there, they have to wait for the train to go by.”

        Lou Hartfiel, president of the Kenton County Veterans Memorial Committee, agreed.

        “When we put the memorial (at Anderson and Western Reserve roads) that was really the only place we had,” said Mr. Hartfiel, who was on Crescent Springs City Council at the time. “It seems like a train always goes by when you're having services. We feel like it'll get better exposure at the new site, and the foot traffic will be greater there.”

        Unlike the current site, where the names of the fallen veterans aren't visible on the back of the wall “unless you're riding a train,” the new site will offer better visibility and serve as a gateway to Villa Hills and Crescent Springs, Villa Hills Councilman Bob Kramer said.

        Construction at the new site will start today, with completion of most of the improvements projected for early October, Mr. Hartfiel said.

        “We want to make it a memorial of distinction to honor the people who have given so much for our freedom,” Mr. Hartfiel said. “The younger generations don't really know what sacrifices past generations have made.”


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