Owasso's proposed veteran's memorial

Monday, November 8th 2004, 10:12 am
By: News On 6

Folks in Owasso are working to honor veterans with the construction of a one of a kind veteran’s memorial.

The economic downturn of the last couple of years has made fundraising slow going, but city officials say the project will happen. News on 6 anchor Craig Day says right now, they're just looking for a definite location.

Earl Spickelmier was in the US Navy just as World War II came to an end. Other than his military service, he's a lifelong Owasso resident.

He's glad his hometown has plans to build a memorial to all veterans. “Tell everyone you know the real heroes are those that are under those crosses over there in Europe and places. But I think anyone who served in the armed forces deserves a pat on the back and deserves credit."

Artist’s renderings show a needle coming out of the ground, stretching more than 80 feet high, with brilliant light shining skyward. The needle would be surrounded by concrete and several bronzes representing all five branches of the military.

Veteran Bob Thomas: "Very humble. Very humble. In fact, as we talk here now. It would be nice."

The city originally hoped the memorial would be located on a piece of property near 76th Street North and US Highway 169. That property is no longer an option. So Owasso's city manager will recommend a new location near Owasso's sports park, property the city already owns. It's hoped when people see the memorial; they will be reminded of the commitment of our military men and women.

Earl Spickelmier: "I hope they would remember those who fought and died and bled so that we could be free." City officials hope to find a location for the memorial and finish construction by Veteran's Day 2005.

If you would like to help make the Owasso Veteran's Memorial a reality you can contact the Owasso VFW, American Legion or the City of Owasso for more information.