Council approves veterans memorial
Lansing City Council approved plans to build a Lansing Memorial for Veterans at its Thursday meeting.
The memorial was proposed to the council last month by Lansing veteran Mike Howell, who said he thought of the idea last June after attending the dedication of a similar memorial in McLouth.
The council determined that the city would be responsible for securing the builder's contract because the memorial will belong to the city after it is built. Lansing VFW Post 12003, for which Howell is senior vice-commander, will be responsible for managing the funds. A committee will handle fundraising.
The council approved an area west of Fire District No. 1 station at Main and Kansas streets as its first choice for the location of the memorial. However, that land is owned by the state. Mayor Kenneth Bernard said he would look into getting permission to build there.
Howell said he hoped to break ground May 1, which is Loyalty Day and the beginning of VFW's Vietnam Veterans Recognition week. His target date for completion of the memorial is Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Howell said he was so optimistic that the memorial would be ready in time that he had already invited Bob Dole to attend the dedication ceremony.
For more on the city council meeting, see Thursday's Lansing Current.