Memorial in Pleasant View to honor veterans still a work in progress
PLEASANT VIEW — Three more veterans were recently submitted for the Pleasant View Veterans Memorial on Thursday, bringing the total number of names to be etched on black granite towers, each representing a military branch, to 235.
The city of Pleasant View has long been looking for a way to honor those in the community who served in the U.S. military. A 20-foot clock tower, donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the centerpiece, representing past, present and future veterans, but the main focal point will be the granite towers.
Stone Supply & Monument will etch the names of veterans within the Pleasant View community on the granite tower of their respective branches.
Amy Sue Mabey, Pleasant View city administrator, said more names will be added to the towers every year. While the city does not anticipate running out of room for more veterans, she said they will add towers as needed.
The monument will also feature military flags and benches. According to Mabey, the spouse of a veteran donated a substantial amount of money to have a bench with her husband’s name engraved.
Mabey said a majority of the money for the monument has come from fundraising as well as veteran donors, families of veterans and others.
One of the city’s biggest contributors has been the Major Brent Taylor Foundation. “Jennie Taylor has been a phenomenal partner,” Mabey said.
The city has put forth $55,000 toward the $120,000 price tag.
Dedication of the memorial was to take place on Veterans Day last year before being postponed. “More of those supply chain shortages that are fun for all of us,” Mabey said.
With some of the monument pieces arriving, Mabey said construction is making good progress, though not as quickly as they would like.
The city is not ready to set another dedication date as of yet. According to Mabey, guests will be traveling from the East Coast for the event and city officials want to be certain everything is in place beforehand.
A tentative timeline for a similar project is expected to be completed sometime in July. An “all wars” memorial will be built at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Home in Ogden to honor veterans of all branches who served in all wars.
The “all wars” memorial will be the only one of its kind in Weber County. And much like the city of Pleasant View, a dedication too had to delayed, as it was originally scheduled for Memorial Day.