Sunday, October 22, 2000

Fairfield park to honor vets

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD — City officials will break ground Nov. 11 for a park honoring war veterans, which will be next to the library on Wessel Drive.

        Veteran's Memorial Park will be located at the site of Library Park, which will no longer exist when the new library opens in the Village Green area. Village Green includes residential and senior housing, office and commercial space, and a city park.

        A walkway with a three-sided wall featuring trickling water will be built. The wall will feature seals from the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard, as well as four flags representing the United States, Ohio, Fairfield, and the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. The project, which could cost about $20,000, may be complete by Memorial Day.

        “At the present time in this country, we're losing 30,000 veterans every month, which is about a thousand a day. We just felt that it was time in our community to make sure that we had a very fine place to represent all of our veterans,” said Councilman Erick Cook.

        Donald W. Cotton, commander of VFW Post 1069 in Fairfield, was a part of the committee that planned for the park.

        “Service that all of us put in in defense of this country is very, very important to us,” said Mr. Cotton, 71, who was in the Air Force. “We're all getting old. We'd like to have that service remembered.”


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