Locals prepare veteran’s monument for Memorial Day

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

May 22, 2014

LAKE — In the small community of Lake, right beside of the Lake Post Office, there sits an old, dilapidated veteran’s monument to honor the men who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Correction: there used to sit an old, dilapidated veteran’s monument; that is, up until about a month ago.

Two local men decided to revamp the monument, which was covered in rust and mud, in time for Memorial Day.

Gerry D. Tyree, a landscaper who served in the U.S. Marine Corp, approached Elmer Lucas, who works with the Lake Volunteer Fire Department, with the idea.

“I see this every time I come by and I said ‘Man, I gotta do something before Memorial Day,’” Tyree said.

They both agreed that it was too important to ignore.

“I remember when I was a young boy, they used to have flag raising ceremonies at this memorial all the time,” Lucas said.

“We scrubbed this and scrubbed it,” Tyree said as he pointed to the bottom of the monument. “You couldn’t even tell those were bricks.”

The men have been working on the monument for nearly a month. So far, the men have scrubbed the monument and flag poles, painted the poles nearly three quarters of the way up and cut the tree branches away from the flags.

But they still aren’t finished.

Tyree plans to enclose the monument with a wooden border (hopefully to keep out rain water), plant flowers around the edges and hang two new flags to replace the two old ones that are still flying, but tattered and torn: one an American flag, the other a Prisoner of War flag.

“I’m sure there are other monuments around that are similar,” Tyree said.

The men hope that the local community members in Logan Co. will be inspired to clean up other forgotten monuments to show one thing: the sacrifice that was made by the men who are honored by the monuments are not and will not be forgotten.