Preps For Gage Park Memorial Expansion Continue

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The groundwork for an expansion to the Gage Park War Memorial was set in place Tuesday.

Parks and Rec crews used a crane to lower a six-thousand pound, hexagonal-shaped gray granite stone onto its concrete base. The stone will serve as a base for a future statue and will eventually feature etchings of different Armed Forces medals.

World War II and Korean War veteran Karl Losey and World War II veteran Charles Hamm watched the process unfold Tuesday. Organizers say they and their colleagues are the reason for the effort.

Park planner Bill Riphahn says the memorial area in Gage Park has been 10 to 15 years in the making and there's space for future monuments. He says it's important so people won't forget what these men and women did in the different wars.

The etchings should be done in time to formally dedicate the base during a Veteran's Day ceremony Nov. 11.