Veterans Memorial Committee hoping for Old Home Day dedication

By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Union - posted Fri., Jul. 15, 2011
The Union Veterans Memorial Committee has completed its phase 1 planning for the memorial, and plans to have it installed on the town green this summer.
The Union Veterans Memorial Committee has completed its phase 1 planning for the memorial, and plans to have it installed on the town green this summer.

For more than five years, the Veterans Memorial Committee has been planning the implementation of a veterans' memorial in the town of Union. Now, with the planning stage complete, the VMC is hoping to have the memorial installed on the town green this summer.

On March 7, the Town of Union Board of Selectmen approved a proposal by the VMC to install the new veterans' memorial “somewhere” on the Union Town Green.

The green, which is the focal point of the town center and a hub for annual Old Home Day events, also houses the Union Historical Society building, the Civil War memorial cannon, the flagpole and a garden.

Recently, there was some controversy about placing the veterans' memorial on the green; however, according to VMC Chair Bob Bragdon, that controversy has subsided.

“As of the moment, it [the monument] is still on the green,” said Bragdon. “We're still hoping for a dedication on Old Home Day [Aug. 20].”

However, the actual placement on the green has changed from an original plan.

“It's been relocated from down by the cannon, and now they will put it back up near the front right-hand corner of the Historical Society. The flagpole would be directly behind it,” explained Bragdon.

Part of the lengthy planning process for the memorial included collecting eligible names to be engraved on the stone, applying for a grant and collecting private donations to fund the structure. The state approved a S.T.E.A.P. grant, and according to First Selectman Albert L. “Andy” Goodhall, Jr., the final paperwork for that grant was filed and the $8,500 in approved grant funds are “in hand.”

Bragdon said the monument has been ordered and is “due at the supplier during the next few days to be engraved.”

Once the memorial is installed and dedicated, then phase 1 of the project will be complete. In its meetings, the VCM discussed a potential phase 2 portion of the project, which would include placing brick pavers around the monument.

However, Bragdon said, “There is some objection for the brick-paving going on the green. Phase 2 may or may not happen due to the objection. It may still come to pass, but the pace on that has really slowed down.”

The idea behind the pavers is to provide an option that allows Union residents who are veterans, but who do not qualify to have their names engraved on the actual memorial, to purchase a brick displaying the veteran's name so that the resident can be acknowledged for his or her military service.

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