The War Memorial for Hamilton County Fallen Heroes in Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville will be restored beginning this week. The project was bid for $46,000 and is expected to take six weeks.
Air Force veteran Bill Doss said the restoration will include pouring a new foundation and walkway and replacing the tops of the urns and cleaning stones and remounting them on the new foundation.
“The memorial is for Hamilton County, and it has the fallen names of soldiers who fought for World War II, the Vietnam War and the Korean War,” said Doss, the webmaster for the Hamilton County Veterans Corp. “When I met with Mark Heirbrandt, the county commissioner, at the end of last year, we talked about the fact that the stones were crumbling and the base was crumbling.”
The memorial lists the names 82 World War II fallen veterans and a combined 17 from the Korean and Vietnam wars. Two names are still to be added from the Vietnam War.
The memorial was built in 1952.
In the future, Doss wants to add the names of fallen Hamilton County soldiers who fought in World War I and the Persian Gulf War. Two stones will be added, one with 30 names from World War 1 and one with eight names from the Persian Gulf War. The Hamilton County Veterans Corp. is fundraising for the two new stones. To contribute, email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a donation to Hamilton County Veterans, P.O. Box 503, Noblesville, IN, 46061.