Starke County Courthouse Memorial Square to be Renovated

The southwest lawn of the Starke County Courthouse square will soon feature updated war monuments, and more, to honor the memory of Starke County veterans killed in action.

Jeff V. Berg asked the Starke County Commissioners last week to allow more land to be given to help make this a reality.  A few more feet from where the current monuments are located on the courthouse square is needed, and he formally asked the commissioners to approve the use of more land for this renovation project. 

Commissioner Kathy Norem, who is part of a committee formed for this task, said the display will be similar to the Vietnam War memorial only with names from fallen soldiers from Starke County.  It will be an ADA-compliant area where visitors with physical disabilities can view the monuments with more ease.  A podium will be installed as well as special display for Medal of Honor recipient, Frank Ono. 

Three trees will need to be felled before any work can be done, and the commissioners approved the request for that work to be done, in addition to the request for use of the land for this endeavor. 

The American Legion and VFW will help with funding for the project, along with any private donations that may come in from the public. 

A drawing will be presented to the commissioners in the future meeting so they can get a better idea of what the refurbished area would look like.