Veterans memorial is a beloved
Richmond city landmark
By Jason A. Givens
October 2, 2006 | RICHMOND -- It may be a small city,
but Richmond has a big way of honoring its military
veterans. That way is in the form of a veterans memorial
designed by Val Lewis, a sculptor who also designed
the veterans memorial in Tremonton.
The memorial is located on Main Street, in front of
the city hall. It is in the shape of a pentagon with
a star in the middle. At each point of the star is a
concrete pedestal with a life-like bronze bust depicting
a different branch of service. The branches depicted
are the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Women's
Auxiliary. In the center of the star is a flagpole.
"The memorial is beautiful," said Jean Thedell, a
resident of Richmond for 27 years. "It gives credit
to all men and women from every branch of the military
who valiantly served our country."
Thedell said she is thankful to live in a community
such as Richmond and to live next door to veterans of
the different World Wars and the Vietnam War. She said
she has respect for the men and women who gave up their
homes and families for our freedom.
Another Richmond resident, Dawn Hooker, said the memorial
is a nice tribute and she hopes the city continues doing
things like that for the community.
"It would be nice if we wouldn't need that," Hooker
said. "But you need to fight for freedom."
The names of the veterans are engraved on stainless
steel plaques found underneath the bronze busts. There
are different plaques listing the names of those involved
in the Mormon Battalion, the Spanish American War, World
War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm.
There is also a plaque honoring those who served during
times of peace.
According to a booklet found inside Richmond City
Hall the desire of the Richmond City Veteran's Memorial
Committee is to include as many veterans as possible,
not just those born and raised in Richmond, but also
veterans who move there and anyone who has close ties
to the community. The memorial is designed to honor
not only those who died while serving their country
but those who have served or are currently serving.
Marlowe Adkins, city manager for Richmond, said he's
not sure if separate plaques will be added for the current
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said the memorial is
designed to be added to and he's sure they will do something.
Adkins said he served in the Marine Corps for 10 years
and was in the Vietnam war. His name is on the memorial
and a photo of him as a young Marine can be found in
the booklet. Although, it may be somewhat difficult
to recognize Adkins today, as he now has a long white
beard. Along with the photo of Adkins the booklet contains
the names of the veterans found on the memorial and
also photographs of many of them. It includes some war
stories from Richmond veterans and also some experiences
of prisoners of war.
For its efforts the memorial committee received a
certificate of merit from the Freedoms Foundation at
Valley Forge. It is on display inside Richmond City