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Sarcoxie Veterans Hope to Update Memorial

Some Sarcoxie veterans are halfway to their goal of raising $22,000 to renovate the town’s Veterans Memorial.

The memorial, dedicated in September 1997, is on the town’s square, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cole Cummins, a Vietnam veteran, created a design rendering for the renovation.

The design has the original monument surrounded by eight pillars that will feature plaques of veterans from all wars. Flags for the five military branches, the American flag and a prisoner-of-war flag will also be displayed.

Sidewalks will connect the original structure with the new additions and offer easier accessibility. Other features include a granite bench and vegetation around the monument.

Cummins said the group hopes to break ground in the spring.

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