The City of Yatesville is hoping to have a memorial marker in place in the field at the corner of Logtown Road and Highway 74 by Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The monument will be a permanent marker commemorating the city’s Veterans Memorial.
At their August meeting, the city council looked at sample markers from Crystal Hill Monument and from Moore Monument Company in Barnesville. They appeared to lean toward the marker from Moore Monument, which featured the American flag and military emblems representing all five branches of the military. The only negative comment on it came from Council member Phyl Gatlin, who said the flag appeared to be facing inward, when she thought it should be facing outward. She also thought it would look better with flags on both sides of the emblems.
No decision was made at the August meeting, with Mayor Cecil Moncrief telling the council to think about it and let him know by the September meeting which marker they wanted. At the Sept. 14 meeting, Moncrief noted that he had only heard from one or two council members, but asked if they put flags on both sides, with the flags facing outward, would that meeting council approval. The four council members present agreed on that design and the marker has been ordered. It is expected to cost approximately $2,550.
Yatesville began its Veterans Memorial last summer. MayorMoncrief told the city council of his travel through Hampton on Memorial Day 2014 and seeing hundreds of white crosses with American flags on top of them lining the roads. Each cross had the name of a veteran, the war he or she fought in, and their branch of service on it. Moncrief thought it would be a good way for Yatesville to honor its veterans, and the council agreed.
While Hampton honors veterans both living and deceased, Yatesville decided to limit its memorial to deceased veterans. The markers feature a white wooden cross with the deceased veteran’s name, war or conflict he or she served in, and if they were killed in action (KIA), missing in action (MIA) or a Prisoner of War (POW). Attached at the top of each cross is a 12 x 18 inch American flag.
Yatesville held its first Veterans Day program on November 11, 2014 in a city field marked with 53 white crosses honoring 53 deceased veterans. During the program, Mayor Cecil Moncrief said the city wanted to honor not only those veterans who fought in wars, but also those veterans who may have served without fighting.
Yatesville held its first Memorial Day program on May 25, 2015. Forty more crosses had been ordered, with 93 crosses and flags filling the field, plus a larger cross and flag representing the unknown soldier.
Yatesville will hold its second annual Veterans Day program on November 11, 2015. Mayor Moncrief said approximately 10 more crosses have been ordered, bringing their total at the moment to just over 100 markers.
Anyone wanting to submit the name of a deceased veteran with ties to Yatesville has until Wednesday, Sept.30, 2015 to do so. The deadline is needed in order to give the Yatesville City Council time to make and paint the white crosses, order the American flags, and have everything ready for Veterans Day.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.