Jan 26, 2011 4:39 PM by David Ortiviz

Veteran's bridge memorial remains incomplete

A memorial on Pueblo's riverwalk dedicated to Veterans remains unfinished, two months after it was officially dedicated. For now, visitors may notice part of the South granite memorial on the Veteran's Bridge is being held together with black tape and wooden spacers. Plus, one section of names is actually printed on a cardboard picture.

News First 5 asked the HARP Authority why the project was finished by Veteran's Day--the day the memorial was dedicated. "Well we didn't have all the names sold yet for that Nov. 11th celebration day," said Lynn Clark, Director of Development and Public Relations for the HARP Authority. Clark says they still need to sell 50 more names to finish the final top panel.

Time was another factor. "It was a combination of short timeline, trying to get the engraving done, and trying to get everything done and ready for the celebration. We kind of did the best we could do to honor the Veterans for that day and we've been continuing the project since," said Clark.

Clark says the South granite memorial should be finished by April or May, in which time it should look nearly identical to the North monument. "There will be caulking and curbing around the bottom, there won't be any spaces, we'll take out the two posters that we put it, it will look finished," said Clark.

The HARP Authority is still selling space on the memorials. The names must represent an active member of the military, or a Veteran (both living or deceased). They have 50 spaces left on a top panel, and 1,400 spaces left on the side panels. The cost is $150. To purchase space, contact the HARP Authority at 719-595-0242.


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