What better way to
conjure up local interest in this marvelous Soldiers' Monument than to create an Adopt-a-Monument program! When an individual
or group have a vested interest in something like this it creates not only a sense of duty, but a sense of honour and pride.
Here is how the program
would work. A single sponsor or organization can adopt the monument by agreeing
to underwrite its' conservation and/or maintenance. In addition to their sense of civic duty, a certificate and a mention
in a quarterly newsletter would be provided to the sponsor in recognition of their contribution.
The Restoration Goals:
• Apply waterproofing.
• Repair the freestone pedestal.
• Replace the old curbing
with raised curbing around the monuments perimeter.
• Install an iron fence
to surround the perimeter of the area.
• Post a brass plaque engraved with the names of the area Civil War Veterans on the back-side of the pedestal.
• Provide crosswalks leading
• Provide wheel-chair accessibility
at back-side of monument.
• Post a sign at back-side
of monument briefly describing its history, the artists, and those responsible for the erection of the monument.
• Compile a book about The
Soldiers’ Monument and Monument Square.
• Work with the local schools
to promote local history using the Soldiers’ monument as a steppingstone.