The Traveling Korean War Memorial may be coming to Ravenswood.
During a 9:30 a.m. meeting last Wednesday, the Jackson County Commission heard a proposal from Katrena Ramsey and Mayor Josh Miller of Ravenswood regarding the Traveling Korean War Memorial coming to Ravenswood’s Riverfront Park in April 2019.
The traveling memorial of “The Forgotten War” consists of 21 life-size soldier statues. Of the statues, 19 are on patrol while the remaining three are situated around a campfire, two kneeling and one on guard. A flag and four signs listing the names of the dead, wounded, missing, and captured soldiers accompanies the figures.
The cost to bring the memorial to Jackson County would be $4,500. Ravenswood would provide the volunteers to assist with set up and will house the volunteers who travel with the exhibit. An Army band will be selected to perform at the memorial as well.
“The plan is to have the memorial open to the public in April 2019 on a Thursday through Sunday,” Ramsey said. “We feel it would be a great part of history to remember and share with the community and local schools.”
The commission feels this would be a great opportunity for the citizens of Jackson County. They have agreed to look into the financial request further to see if the funds will be available.
Also during Wednesday’s meeting:
• The commission discussed the Hayes Board of Review Hearing decision reducing it to $454,400.
• The commission approved exonerations as submitted by Assessor Brian Thomas.
• The commission approved the fiduciary paperwork.
• The commission approved and authorized President Dick Waybright to execute the contract and all supporting documents with the Division of Justice and Community Services on the VOCA grant that will provide $35,922 in funding.
• Commissioner Mike Randolph reported he had toured the Development Authority building and it looked good.
• Commissioner Mitch Morrison reported Col. Fred Donoho had passed away.
• Waybright reported the Jackson County Community Foundation dinner with guest speaker Mary Lou Retton was a success.
• Commission went into executive session to discuss a 911 personnel issue, deputy director, and the 911 budget.