A small corner of Baum Park in Manchester will soon become home to Delaware County’s newest veterans’ memorial.
A dedication was held Saturday afternoon at the future site of the Freedom is Not Free Memorial on the southeast corner of the park. Manchester veteran and city council member Ron Struble says the memorial has been in the works for the past two years.
The new memorial will honor all Delaware County veterans, as well as those who have local ties to the area. The design will feature a circular base with five pillars and two granite walls and benches.
That’s Manchester veteran Todd Tomlin, who says naming opportunities are also available for different features of the memorial.
Around two dozen local veterans were on hand for the memorial’s dedication ceremony. It was the final stop on Saturday’s Manchester Sesquicentennial Honor Bus Tour, which took the veterans to Ryan, Hopkinton and Earlville to visit the veterans’ memorials in those communities.
Al Wilson, a Vietnam vet from Manchester, was one of the veterans on the tour. He told KMCH it was an “awesome” day.
Tomlin thinks so, too.
They hope to have the new memorial finished by Memorial Day next year. If you’d like to donate to the new Delaware County veterans’ memorial, or if you’d just like more information, contact Dr. John Tyrrell or Todd Tomlin, log on to freedomisnotfreememorial.com or check out the Freedom is Not Free Memorial page on Facebook.
Glimpse of Freedom is Not Free Memorial:
Bird’s eye view of memorial at Baum Park: