The Aledo City Council recently approved a concept design for a Veterans Memorial. The likely site would be the Aledo Trail Park Area across from City Hall.
City spokesperson Deana McMullen said the project is still in the very early stages of design and will be likely be discussed more at the next Aledo Economic Development Corporation board meeting on Nov. 17. She said it will also likely be on the agenda for further discussion at the next city council meeting on Nov. 19.
"I am excited about the Veterans Memorial because it is one way we can show honor to veterans from our community who have served our country," Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall said.
"I think the memorial adds yet another layer in our quest to preserve community and fulfills the long-time desire evidenced in our comprehensive parks and recreation plan. The committee has done a wonderful job with recommendations to our Aledo EDC and Aledo City Council."
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As for the exact cost, that is also being discussed. However, McMullen said city leaders want to do the work in phases.
The city is looking at various options. While the actual design size is still in discussion, the concept plan shows a 35-foot circular memorial that would be filled with memorial bricks. In the center will be a pentagon-shaped stone pillar with five sides standing around 7 or 8 feet tall. On the outer perimeter will be four flags (U.S., Texas, City of Aledo, POW/MIA). There will also be places for up to four benches and two public art pieces.
No deadline has been announced for the project.