By Chris Bavender
Whitestown will soon have a permanent memorial to honor local veterans. On Veterans Day, town officials dedicated about one-eighth of an acre at the corner of Veterans Drive and Whitestown Parkway for the memorial.
The dedication was part of a ceremony to honor all local veterans.
“We as a town will work hard with the American Legion and service organizations to build a memorial here,” Town Manager Dax Norton said.
The land dedication was part of a series of actions this year by the Town of Whitestown to honor local veterans. In late August, the Town Council passed an ordinance creating a new Veterans Committee. The committee will act as an advisory board to the council to find ways to honor veterans and increase awareness of veterans’ issues.
“This started back in the summer when the town renamed Whitestown’s portion of County Road 700 East to Veterans Drive,” Norton said.
Response to plans for the memorial has been positive, Norton said.
“It has been well-received by those that are aware of the idea,” he said.
As for what the Memorial will be, nothing is firm yet.
“We’ll place this on the Veterans Committee agenda,” he said.
The Veterans Committee is expected to hold its first meeting in Jan. 2017.
A resolution to dedicate the ground will be considered at the Whitestown Town Council meeting. Norton said the resolution is binding but not necessary to move forward with the project.