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By staff writer
The Market Street Parkway committee has decided on a plan that is aimed at beautifying the area between Second and Third streets.
At a meeting held last Tuesday afternoon at city hall, the group voted to call the area on the Market Street Parkway, “Honor Plaza.” The estimated cost will be $151,462.
After several meetings, the committee tapered down the initial concept that many said was “too busy” and wanted it to be more open with a larger grassy area.
A new World War II Honor Roll Memorial, constructed at the top of the parkway in 1944 at the expense of the American War Mothers of Hermann, will find a new area on Market Street, and the names will stay. A couple members of the committee thought no names should be on the WWII memorial, but Mayor Dolores Grannemann and Jim Schutt, Commander of VFW Post 4182, disagreed.
“The people who put those names on there, put them up there for a reason,” said Grannemann.
Schutt and Sam Sheldon, another member of the VFW who is on the committee, agreed the names should be on the new memorial, and the VFW veterans want it that way, he said.
“I can’t see us going back on that,” said Schutt. “I think we should leave the names of the World War II veterans up there.”
The existing WWII Honor Roll will be removed, and the same names will be engraved in the new monument. There are 313 names on the Honor Roll.
The center seating of Honor Plaza with have a planter with shading, and several benches, with backs, will be installed. An earlier design showed the benches without backs, but that was changed to include backs on them. The area will have an abundance of shrubs and knockout roses.
Jeff Yielding, a member of the park board who serves on the parkway committee, will make final adjustments to the plans. He has been checking on costs for the Honor Plaza. An irrigation system will also be added.
The south end of the plaza will have an entrance sign that reads: “Honor Plaza. Our debt to the heroic men and women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. Hermann will never forget their sacrifices.”
A flagpole bench, octagonal in shape, will be installed on the north side of the entrance sign, and in between will be five pavers with military insignias.
Yielding said lighting that glows up the park’s features at night is included at a cost of about $15,000.
Mayor Grannemann said the city is working with telephone companies to try to get the lines moved. She said the city will have to get permission from MoDOT to do that. Grannemann said the city would have to bore under the ground to move the lines.
“Our next step is to find the funds to do this,” she said.
The primary objective was to create an attractive plaza, reflecting the charm and history of Hermann, honoring the five branches of the service, and re-creates the Hermann World War II Honor Roll that was presented by the American War Mothers.