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Plans for veterans' park in beginning stages



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A plan is in the works to install a park and memorial at the Meredith Public Library dedicated to servicepeople where the flagpole is now (shown here on Memorial Day). (File Photo) (click for larger version)
September 08, 2021
MEREDITH – A project is in the beginning stages to install a park and memorial dedicated to veterans in front of the Meredith Public Library.

Jim McFarlin from the Meredith Library Fund spoke with the selectmen about this proposed project during the Aug. 16 meeting.

McFarlin told the board a project is underway to put in a park in front of the library dedicated to veterans. McFarlin and other project principals are working with the American Legion and architect Chris Williams is working on the design.

The American Legion had planted a tree dedicated to those who served in the Korean War on the library grounds, but that tree is now dying.

McFarlin said the park will be located by the current flagpole and will consist of a walkway, patio, and monuments arranged in a half circle with veterans' names as well as new lighting for the flagpole.

McFarlin said he spoke with a few representatives from the Legion who are all supportive and enthusiastic about this project. The Legion has given them written approval to remove the tree and put the park in its place. He said the names of those veterans will now be properly recognized on the memorial.

The project has an estimated cost of $150,000 to $200,000. McFarlin said they are aiming to raise 100 percent of the process or this from donations or grants. If a campaign doesn't raise all the funds, McFarlin said a request for any remaining funds might appear on a warrant article at a future town meeting.

He said the suggestion was made to the Legion to have a buy a brick fundraiser for people to buy bricks and dedicate them to the veterans in their lives.

"It will dramatically change and upgrade the town's recognition of our veterans," McFarlin said.

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