memorial stone to soldiers dedicated at Logan County Courthouse
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[May 27, 2008]
As if on orders from the
chief, the morning rains parted from the Logan County Courthouse in time for the county's Memorial Day service. The
occasion this Memorial Day was to dedicate a new monument to the men
and women of the five services who have served their country
unfailingly over our country's history.
The marker, of polished stone with a beautifully colored engraved
flag, is the first such testimonial to all servicemen and women to
be located on the square.
Originally the stone memorial was not the intention, coming via
as unlikely a source as a parody of the Clement Moore poem "'Twas
the Night Before Christmas."
"Louella Moreland at the library, who has a son in Iraq,
mentioned a poem written as an illustrated book called ‘The
Soldier's Night Before Christmas,'" explained Roger Matson, Main
Street vice president. "She said how much her son enjoyed the book,
and I called Tecia Hennessy to spearhead a drive to get this story
out to as many servicemen and women as possible before the Christmas
Matson told the crowd at the dedication ceremony that 340
servicemen received the book, but the story didn't end there. With
the amount of donations left over and business and individual
enthusiasm and support still strong, the opportunity of doing more
was turning from a possibility to a reality.
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"We have the All Veterans Park, which honors all servicemen and
women from all
wars, but on the square the only memorial we have is
to the veterans of the Civil War. We thought it was time to have
something more here in the heart of our community," he explained.
Thus the drive to have a monument built and installed on the square
began, with the goal of having it ready for dedication this Memorial
In a life lesson on the power of the word and of the spirit of
the people of this country, all who visit the square for decades, if
not centuries to come, will now see a monument to those who served,
which came about from a simple poem. A simple poem telling the story
of a soldier too far away from home on that most important of
holidays, and of a group of local businesses and individuals who
were determined to pronounce in the permanence of stone that we have
not forgotten and never will.
[By MIKE FAK]