Butler County Times Gazette
  • Restoration underway on Veterans Memorial at Court House

  • The restoration of the Veteran's Memorial Project, which is located in front of the Butler County courthouse is scheduled for completion soon.
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  • The restoration of the Veteran's Memorial Project, which is located in front of the Butler County courthouse is scheduled for completion soon.
    "The whole project should be completed by the end of next week," said Paul Underwood, senior estimator and project manager from Mid-Continental Restoration Company, Inc., a company based out of Fort Scott. "But if the rain continues, it might take an extra couple days."
    The project, will hopefully keep the memorial from sustaining any further deterioration. Some of which has been linked to a drainage problem around the memorial.
    "Because of all the recent rain, we've been made aware of the drainage problem that is causing wear and tear to the stone," explained Celebration of Freedom representative Howard Cool.
    "We're replacing any deteriorated stone surfaces and cleaning any biological growth that may have contributed to the deterioration of the stone work around the memorial," said Underwood. "After it is cleaned and the mortar joints are replaced, a waterproof seal will be put on the stone. This should help prevent some of the deterioration in the future."
    The ongoing project is being completely funded by the Celebration of Freedom. They are the same individuals responsible for the annual Celebration of Freedom, which is a week-long series of events leading to Veteran's Day.
    "No part of this project is being paid for by public funding," said Cool. "It is completely being taken care of by Celebration of Freedom."
    The monument, which was built a decade ago, serves as one of the major focal points of the Celebration of Freedom and is a tribute to those who have served.
    "The whole purpose of this monument is to honor all veterans," said Cool. "From clear back in the Civil War to the current war. When the monument was built, names of veterans were included so that we could take time to honor them."
    "It reminds us of those who have served our country and have given the ultimate sacrifice," added Underwood.
    The monument, following its restoration, will continue to commemorate veterans and service members for years to come.
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