For a number of years, the veterans memorial at Canal Park in Waverly has stood as a reminder of the sacrifices made by military veterans from Pike County past and present.

Now, local residents are planning to make the memorial even better with a new monument commemorating all Pike County residents who have lost their lives serving their country in the military, going back to the American Revolution and extending through every war and/or conflict the in which the United States has been involved since the nation’s founding.

One monument will depict and list everyone’s name who was killed in action or lost their lives as a result of military action, “and I do not want to exclude anybody,” said organizer Joe Taylor of the Waverly Police Department.

Another new monument will recognize how many people from Pike County served in the military during various timeframes, he explained, which will serve to commemorate everyone from Pike County who has served in the military.

Taylor is working with Blaine Beekman, local historian and Pike County commissioner, as well as Pike County Veterans Services, Treber Memorials in Waverly, and a number of other people.

Plans for the park include a redesign and remodel, but Taylor pointed out that everything that is in the memorial park now will remain; the plans simply call for adding new items. Remodeling will include adding the two monuments mentioned above, as well as insignias for each branch of the military and a large bronze inlay American flag recessed into the concrete.

Taylor stated that the memorial is very nice as it currently stands but that with a lot of assistance form the community, he thinks it can be made a lot better.

He said that he already has a lot of people who are going to volunteer labor. In the future, he will be asking for labor volunteers and/or donations for the project.

Taylor said that the Waverly Street Department and Waverly Fire Department recently power washed the memorial prior to Memorial Day. Taylor added that he and fellow Waverly PD officer Tom King changed out the flags.

The Waverly Garden Club, working with Kendall Case and KC Landscaping and the village of Waverly, recently beautified the veterans memorial with the addition of 10 evergreen trees. According to Waverly Garden Club member Kathy Duffy, Case was able to obtain a good price on the trees, and the garden club and the village of Waverly each donated $500 toward the $1,000 needed to purchase the trees. From there, KC Landscaping donated all of the labor to plant the trees behind the memorial.

Those interested in submitting names of those killed in action or who died as a result of being in a war or conflict as well as those who are interested in volunteering for the project should contact Joe Taylor by email at jtaylor@waverlypd.net .

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