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Veterans memorial being planned for Muscatine County town

December 31, 2019 GMT

FRUITLAND, Iowa (AP) — A service club intends to build a memorial for veterans in the Muscatine County community of Fruitland.

The Fruitland Community Lions Club wants to place it near Fruitland Community Center instead of at a cemetery. A club committee decided the location near the center would allow more people to see it and would deter vandals, the Muscatine Journal reported.

The committee worked with Louisa-Muscatine High School art students to devise a manageable and affordable design. It will have black granite walls with seating, a flag and lighting.

Each veteran will have two lines on the wall, enough room to list names and service information, for $100. The memorial can fit 400 names.

“We don’t want to leave someone off just because there’s no room, we’ll find room — we’ll buy more granite if we have to,” said Janina Hawley, the committee chairwoman.

The memorial space will be available to all honorably discharged men and women, living or dead, of any branch of the military, regardless of whether they were originally from Muscatine County.