Township to consider future of Pickrelltown monument

As far as anyone can recall, the Pickrelltown monument has been struck twice by a motor vehicle since it was placed at the intersection of county roads 28 and 29 in October 1921.

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ABOVE: The Pickrelltown Monument at its rededication in November 2000. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | REUBEN MEES) FRONT PAGE PHOTO: This is all that remains of the monument in Pickrelltown after the crash Sunday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | T.J. HUBBARD)

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The monument after a crash April 25, 2000. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Both times — April 25, 2000, and just this past Sunday — the Monroe Township Veteran’s Memorial monument was destroyed.

Now, the Monroe Township Trustees will have to consider what is best for the community and the memory of the veterans it honors.

“Everybody is aware of what happened to the monument,” said Trustee Dale Barns. “We have not talked about what we might do.

“We still want to keep it. Obviously, we want to preserve the history of it. I’m sure it will be a topic at our next meeting.”

The trustees meet at 7 p.m. May 12 in the township hall at Pickrelltown.

Mr. Barns said he has heard from residents and some want to keep it in the intersection and others would like to move it.

The township now has some land around its township hall but some feel it would be forgotten there.

Some believe its presence in the intersection helps control traffic.

“They feel if you remove it then people will just blow through the stop signs,” Mr. Barns said.


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