Work begins on Caraway Veteran's Monument
A year and a half of work and planning is coming together in the form of a Veteran's Monument honoring men and women from Caraway who have served their country.
Through fundraisers, donations and a state grant from Rep. Homer Lenderman, work is underway and the monument honoring veterans will be ready for a dedication service at 2 p.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.
Larry and Garry Meadows, former Caraway residents, were in Caraway on Wednesday for the concrete work, which the Meadows family donated.
Larry lives in Tonganoxie, Kan., and Garry lives in Jonesboro.
Shirley Redding and Jean Jeffers, members of the veteran's monument committee, were at the site Wednesday. They expressed their appreciation to the Meadows family and all others who supported the project making it a reality.
The monument site was moved from the original plans to be placed at the cemetery to the southeast corner of the park on the corner of New York and State Streets.
"There was not room at the cemetery," Redding said. "The monument with a 12' base and 8' high, has almost 700 names listed so far. The area will feature four benches, three flag poles, and a handicapped parking area."
The eagle on the monument was designed by Randy Jeffers. Jeffers also designed the tee shirts.
The Meadows, like many of the families engraved on the monument, have many family members who served in the military.
Larry Meadows, a veteran, has been involved in the concrete work of five veteran's monuments in different areas. This one in his hometown is special to him and his family as Caraway is where they grew up.
There is a special recognition on the monument for the Caraway veterans who sacrificed their all.
"I have a real place in my heart for two kinds of people, veterans who served and did not get to come home sacrificing their lives and those who came home injured," Larry Meadows said.
"There is a saying engraved in the monument that reads To God Be the Glory," Redding said. "He is the one who made this monument happen. Again, I want to thank everyone who has had a part in this monument to honor our veterans. I am proud of Caraway and our veterans. I hope everyone can be here for the dedication service."
Redding said they tried to get all of the veterans' names they could find to be placed on the monument. There is room for a few more that can be added.