Archive for Thursday, April 24, 2003

Input sought for memorial honoring Eudora vets

April 24, 2003

A local man is wanting to give Eudora veterans the recognition they deserve, and he's looking for others to help him.

Scott Hopson, who recently joined the Eudora City Council, said he was calling area veterans and artists -- and anyone else who might be helpful in getting a veterans' park memorial erected -- to form a five-person committee.

"Eudora's got veterans from all different wars," Hopson said, adding that one need look no further than Eudora's cemeteries to see how many Eudorans had served their country.

All ages of veterans were welcome to join the committee, he said.

Hopson said he also hoped the committee could include Eudorans with ideas or resources to secure funding for the project.

"I'm sure it's going to come from fund-raisers," he said.

For the artistic input, Hopson said he wanted to capitalize on Eudora's proximity to Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations universities.

Even though Hopson is not a veteran, he said his father's service in Vietnam and his brother Kurt's current enlistment in the Army airborne division piqued his interest. Hopson said he and his brother talked about how Eudora didn't even have a Veterans of Foreign Wars organization, but a memorial might be possible.

In the future, Hopson said he'd like to expand the project to include a memorial to honor firefighters and police officers, too.

Veterans, artists or other community members interested in participating on the panel can reach Hopson through Eudora City Hall at 542-2153 or at 542-1923.

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