A group of veterans and their families introduced a new project to the Springdale City Council just in time for D-Day.
According to the Springdale Veteran’s Memorial Association, over 28,000 veterans live in Washington and Benton counties.
The organization wants to build a veterans memorial in Springdale because they think a dedicated place of pride and patriotism will not only inspire its citizens, but also inspire travelers to visit the area.
Jim Reed is a board member for the Springdale Veterans Memorial Organization and was in service for four years.
“Accomplished a great thing for our country and for our world on D-Day, and to stand here on this ground is just fantastic,” Reed said.
This ground? Being the eastern entrance of J.B. Hunt Park in Springdale, where the city council gave consent for the memorial to be built on four acres of land.
“It’s a good place to have a memorial and it has the property we need for the memorial that we envision,” Reed said.
Reed is not alone in thinking the park is a good location.
“They would have the ability to share parking with parking that is already there, also restroom facilities, there are a couple of other things that would help them that they wouldn’t have to build,” Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse.
“Of course an animal shelter and a veterans memorial are two very different things,” Mayor Sprouse.
He said so far indications are very favorable for the memorial to be built on the land.
“If they continue to move int he direction and want to use J.B. Hunt Park, I am hopeful that they will not face the same objections,” Mayor Sprouse said.
Reed said it is an honor to be able to serve on the Springdale Veterans Memorial Council.
“I’m very proud to a veteran, and I’m very proud to have served with other veterans, and I am a proud citizen of Springdale,” Reed said.
The Springdale Veterans Memorial Organization holds a meeting at the fire station on Holcomb Street the first Thursday of every month, and the meeting are open to the public.