Town looking into second veterans’ monument

The town of New Market could be getting a second veterans’ monument, courtesy of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of American Legion Post 166.

At Monday’s town council meeting, Councilman Tim Palmer noted that the Ladies’ Auxiliary came to the tourism and economic development committee meeting July 6 with the proposed monument.

Palmer said that the legion is proposing a monument “of either 8- or 10-inch granite” that will display the insignias for each branch of the United States armed services. It would be placed between the town’s municipal office and the library.

“Right now, they’re getting their final determination of the cost and the design to present to town council,” Palmer said.

Palmer added that the legion has estimated that the project could cost anywhere from $8,000 to $12,000.

He noted that the Ladies’ Auxiliary will most likely be looking to fund most of the project, but that the town expressed a desire to possibly support some of the costs.

“I have a very strong feeling that what’s been suggested is that we help them in some way, but the town is not going to be the one that puts up all of the necessary money for that,” Palmer said.

Palmer noted that the legion’s proposed monument will be “a more formal monument than the one at Rebel Field.”

At Monday’s meeting, Brittany Clem, the town’s events and marketing director, said that she is looking to bring a representative from the Virginia Main Street Program, which is run through the Department of Housing and Community Development.

“Virginia Main Street provides a structure that works in many communities, and many people have used this … to revitalize their town for economic development,” Clem said.

Clem said the representative would present ideas to the town on the development of an enhancement committee that would work toward this economic development.

She used the Woodstock Enhancement Committee – which contains subcommittees of promotions, design and business and community coordination — as an example of the program’s structure.

Clem explained that the subcommittees would help provide the town a support group for business-related events to help draw tourism into the town.

It would also, Clem added, “Try to get people into stores and find different ways to put people in the businesses in town.”

Also at Monday’s meeting, the town announced that, for the second year in a row, the Schultz Theater in New Market would be awarded a $2,000 local government challenge grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Neil Marrin, member of the theater’s board of directors, noted that they plan to use the funding to improve its advertising and public outreach.

“We are in our fifth year, and we would not be here if it wasn’t for the support of the town of New Market,” Marrin said.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com