County prepars to unveil memorial

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

BENTON -- Scott County officials are extending an invitation to the public to attend the Scott County Veterans Day Service.

During their regular meeting Tuesday, county commissioners discussed the service which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Scott County Courthouse.

Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel said the service will include a performance by a special musical guest, country music legend Ferlin Husky.

"He sings that song 'Wings of a Dove,'" Priggel said. "He was at Normandy when they invaded Germany on D-Day. He received a medal for his actions that day. He is a patriotic veteran that has volunteered to do this."

Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said Husky is slated to sing "Wings of a Dove" during the ceremony.

"We've also got a 100-piece countywide high school honor band made up of nominees from the best of each of the county's high school bands," County Developer Joel Evans said. "And the group Replica will be singing a couple of numbers. They do Andrews Sisters-style music from the 1940s."

The keynote speaker will be Col. Jack Jackson, according to Evans.

"The events planned will be on the courthouse lawn at 11 a.m., weather permitting. Otherwise we will move into the courtroom," Evans said. "We'll also be dedicating the newly renovated War Memorial."

Renovations to the Scott County War Memorial are not finished but will be by Nov. 11, he said.

"The World War I plaques have been cleaned and we're waiting for those to be returned," Evans said.

The county is also waiting to receive the new plaques listing veterans from Scott County who were killed in action during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

"Those plaques should be here any day," Evans said. "All the other bronze is ready, just waiting to be attached."

Evans said the landscaping project around the courthouse will be completed this week as well.

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