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Plan in works to move war monuments to create memorial walkway

Plans would move all of Evansville's war monuments next to the Four Freedoms Monument on the riverfront. Plans would move all of Evansville's war monuments next to the Four Freedoms Monument on the riverfront.

There are plans to move some existing war memorials to create a memorial walkway along Evansville's riverfront. 

Plans are to move all of Evansville's war monuments next to the Four Freedoms Monument downtown to create the Vanderburgh County Veterans Memorial Plaza and Walkway.

We're told a brick path will guide visitors through the different memorials.

Stephen Melcher is a county commissioner and Vietnam vet. He says the Veterans Council will move the World War I and World War II memorials and the Civil War bench from outside the Old Courthouse. The Revolutionary War Monument from outside the downtown post office will go as well.

They'll join the Vietnam Vets Memorial, Purple Heart Monument and the Korean War Memorial downtown.

Melcher says the county has one of the largest populations of veterans in the state, so he says he hopes the plaza and walkway will help pay tribute to all who served.

"We could all come down, our families could come down, people from out of town could come down and they see it. They can walk through it. This is solemn, humble ground is the way we look at it," Melcher said.  

Melcher says the commission will likely pass a resolution next Tuesday in support of the project. Then he says they'll need the mayor's approval.

They're hoping to have the project complete sometime next spring.

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