To the Advertiser-Gleam:
I am writing to voice my opinion on the veterans memorial park location. I have lived in Guntersville all my life, over 60 years. My father was a World War II veteran.
I know he dealt with the atrocities he witnessed during the war his whole life. It was only in the last years of his life that he would even speak of his wartime experience. The sacrifices he and other veterans made, deserve every accolade we can give them.
The veterans park deserves our most hallowed location. The Sunset Drive location would be the perfect location for the park. Hundreds of people are on the walking trail every day, and would stop to admire them. Since Guntersville Middle School is close by, the memorials could be used to teach history classes about the sacrifices made to keep our democracy free.
There have been 2 reasons of dissent put forward about the Sunset Drive location. The first is about losing the last green space in Guntersville. Someone smarter than me is going to have to explain to me the definition of green space.
When I’m on the walking trail on Sunset Drive, I see 2 miles of green space, stretching from Willow Beach Road to Lurleen Wallace Drive. The second, is it might disturb the eagles. Well, the eagle have not always been there, and they won’t always be there. They will eventually move on.
Neither of these objections hold any merit whatsoever compared to placing this memorial park on the most hallowed ground to honor our veterans.
Questions have arisen about the cost and who would pay for it. The City of Guntersville is the county seat, and collects thousands of dollars a year in sales tax from citizens coming to do business at the Courthouse, then shopping in our Northtown district.
It should be an honor for Guntersville to finance the park. Not another walking trail should be built until this is accomplished.
If Guntersville keeps dragging their feet on a decision, one of the other cities in the county might build it, making a very embarrassing situation for Guntersville, which would never be lived down.
I think it’s time every Council person make their stance known publicly about the veterans park.
I want them all to answer a few questions. Do you support the veterans park being built in Guntersville? Do you support financing the park? Do you support the Sunset Drive location? If not, why?
I would advise the Council to think long and hard about your answers. Not supporting veterans in the best possible manner is a road no elected official should want to travel.
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