Work continues on the Cannon Falls Veterans Memorial. Cement was poured completing the walkways and the areas where 10 memorial benches will sit.
Forty-two inch tall patio lights will render a soft glow to the red and white pavers and cement work while giving visitors a place to meditate and ponder upon the concept of "veteran," both named and unnamed.
Memorial pavers and granite plaques (4x8 inch and 8x8 inch) are being engraved and will be placed when that process is completed. "Well," qualified Bob Rapp, "It is an evolving project, totally continuing so it will never really be completed. We can always add pavers."
The totally handicap-accessible memorial is entirely funded by donations, the sale of pavers, donated products and services and the invaluable volunteers.
"All the volunteer workers should be commended for a wonderful job," explained Ray Rapp. He then demonstrated the serendipity of the walls. Standing under one and speaking in a normal voice, one can be heard from the opposite curved wall. Quipped Bob, "People will have to be careful what they say when they're standing here!"
Built with the intention of honoring all veterans of the armed services, five pedestals will be installed, each with an 18 inch brass plaque, one for each branch of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. In a diamond-shaped area a pedestal for the purple heart brass plaque will be placed.
"The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, the Purple Heart is the oldest military award that is still given to members of the U.S. military," according to Wikipedia.
Emphasizing that the memorial honors veterans and not combat, there are no plans to include such items as cannons or tanks at the site.