Memorial park design chosen
Published: Thursday, June 20th, 2013
The Custer Veterans Committee picked a design for the Custer Area Veterans Memorial during a special meeting last week, bringing over a year of planning closer to completion.
The committee, made up of representatives of Custer VFW Post 3442, Custer American Legion Post 46 and the City of Custer, began discussing and planning for a veterans memorial on the south side of Washington Street at the 5th Street intersection over a year ago. Making up the memorial would be bricks with names engraved, which will be sold for $50 each to help fund the project. There are also plans to have picnic tables and benches for those who visit the memorial, which will eventually be treated like a park.
Tanya Olson, partner with at Tallgrass Landscape Architecture, LLC, drafted three different plans for the committee to chose from.
“All the plans are linear and restricted by the edge of the floodway,” she said. “They also all have sandstone in the design.”
Sandstone will be donated to the memorial from the demolition of a pair of buildings at the South Dakota State Veterans home.
The first design would bring people in from Washington Street and down the center aisle, where a display would be placed. Sandstone blocks would be set in front of the memorial, so people could not drive straight into the memorial. The U.S. flag would be at the front of the memorial and state and Prisoner of War (POW) flags would be at the back so the depth difference wouldn’t be noticeable from a distance. There would also be service flags throughout the memorial. The memorial will have one long row on each side of the memorial, but it would be wide enough so people can get in and out and not feel trapped inside.
This design would also have resting places for people to view the memorial bricks and a large raised stage at the end, which would be used for the dedications, events and holidays, such as the Fourth of July.
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