By Naomi Hatch
The Taylor Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated during the Trapper Days celebration May 24. The park is located next to the Taylor Museum and the Veterans Memorial Monument.
“Good people on the council…have been very supportive of our efforts to bring the special feeling of patriotism for our town,” said Eddie Hancock who played an important part in making the parking lot into a beautiful little park. Council members who served several years ago approved $12,000 for the project to put in a gazebo and sidewalks, surrounded by grass to provide a nice place to meet.
“Ninety percent of the men in town served in World War II,” said Hancock, noting those that were too old or too young stayed home “with broken hearts because they couldn’t go.” He told how women would ride the train to Winslow to work in the ammunition factory. Everyone did his or her part during World War II.
Treavor Hall, the son of Brad and Shauna Hall, did the concrete work at the park for his Eagle Scout project. Otis Connolly and his sons, and Jake Solomon, the son of Ron and Vickie Solomon, worked on the park as an Eagle Scout project along with Hancock, who volunteered many hours. He said there were other Scouts who earned their Eagle Scout ranking maintaining the park, and thanked the town for its care of the lawns.
Charlie and Donna Hall were thanked for the many hours they spent in gathering veterans’ names and organizing the project for the Veterans Monument.
Recently the town leadership approved materials and Taylor 2nd Ward volunteers refurbished the gazebo, Hancock noted as he thanked them.
“This all starts with people getting together, brain storming, and volunteering and accomplishing the task,” said Hancock.
Vance Muder of the Special Days Committee gave the dedicatory prayer.