About ten years ago the local Veterans Council began discussions about creating a World War II/Korean War memorial for Clark County. A design competition was held and a design was selected. Shortly thereafter, efforts were underway to secure funding for the memorial and numerous donations were forthcoming as well.
Gates Precast volunteered to provide some of the concrete elements. A flagpole was offered but unfortunately, it was not as specified in the design, and volunteer site work was offered. Memorial bricks were sold (and those purchasers are still recorded and the money secured), and the city and county governments each dedicated funds to the project.
The biggest hurdle faced by the council was finding a suitable site for the memorial. Numerous opportunities were pursued. Finally, Kentucky Bank offered a long-term lease for a portion of its property at the corner of Lexington Avenue and Maple Street.
Events overtook the project. Efforts to secure tax-exempt status for the project stalled, fund-raising came to a halt and, after several years, Kentucky Bank sold the property to CVS so the council no longer had the land option.
Interest in the project languished and the Veterans Council virtually ceased to exist.
Now, in 2021, it seems that the project may be re-emerging.
And it is time!
The number of World War II veterans is rapidly dwindling; there are only a handful still living in Clark County, and indeed, anywhere. And Korean War veterans are rapidly entering their 90s.
It would be gratifying if this memorial could be built before they are all gone and no longer able to see a tribute to their service.
Clark County lost eighty-two of its citizens in World War II and nineteen in the Korean War. Many more served and were wounded or simply did their duty and returned home.
The County has memorials to World War I and to Vietnam, both conflicts in which fewer citizens died than in the two conflicts which this new memorial would recognize, and one must wonder why.
Numerous suitable sites have been noted here that could be acquired at no cost if the owners would consent to their use.
Many other communities in this state much smaller than Winchester have such memorials. There is no good reason why this project cannot or should not move forward.