Tuesday, September 14, 2010
DALLAS -- What is now known as the Levens Street Bridge will soon become the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
The city of Dallas, in cooperation with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3203, has agreed to dedicate the bridge honoring vets on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
City Manager Jerry Wyatt said the idea was brought to the city about a month ago and planning started immediately for a dedication. He said this will be the first official memorial dedicated to veterans by the city.
"I thought it was a great idea," Wyatt said. "(We're) very supportive."
Wyatt noted the dedication is probably something the city should have done years ago.
The city will cover the cost of mounting a plaque designating the bridge as the "Veterans Memorial Bridge."
Dennis Miller, commander of the Dallas VFW post, said a VFW member from another post suggested the idea, saying he had noticed memorials in other towns but not Dallas.
"I think it's a fantastic idea," Miller said. "The veterans here in town are very supportive of it."
Miller said the only memorial honoring veterans in Dallas is in front of the Polk County Courthouse. He said a city-sponsored memorial will be a welcome addition.
"We think it's a big deal," Miller said. "There are a lot of veterans in this town."
To supplement what the city has pledged in support of the dedication, the Dallas VFW post and other vets are fundraising to purchase the plaque that will be placed on the bridge.
The Dallas City Council instructed staff to draft a resolution in support of the dedication to be approved before Nov. 11.
To contribute to the memorial plaque: Dennis Miller, 503-831-0521.