PE Studying A Memorial

Published 4:01 pm Tuesday, January 4, 2011

PRINCE EDWARD – The County's courthouse lawn may get another memorial.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Howard Simpson asked-and Board Chairman William “Buckie” Fore agreed at their December meeting-that a committee be appointed for placing a monument for any firemen, policemen, rescue squad member that lose their life in the line of duty in the County.<br />
Prince Edward has several monuments on the courthouse lawn, the oldest of which recognizes fallen soldiers in World War II. Other markers include a sign recognizing the perpetual light in the courthouse bell tower as a light of reconciliation in 2008, and the most recent monument honoring soldiers who have died in conflicts after World War II was added in May.

The concept for an additional monument began in a discussion between Prospect Supervisor Howard “Pete” Campbell and Simpson.

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Fore, with the concurrence of the board, appointed Simpson and Campbell to the committee along with Assistant County Administrator Sarah Puckett. The committee is expected to work on a recommendation for the board to consider.

The exact number of how many have lost their life while in public service in Prince Edward is uncertain, though it could be five or fewer.

“…I talked to Sarah the other day about it and…we'll get together and start to work on it after the first of the year and maybe have something…in the early summer,” Simpson said.

He suggested a possible memorial service to dedicate it.

In any event, it's unlikely that it would be a huge marker, but one that could be expanded should the need arise.

Campbell was aware of two firemen who died on calls and has been told a law enforcement officer was also killed some years past.

“…These people, they gave the ultimate sacrifice in Prince Edward County-to the county rather than to the nation itself, is my feeling on it,” Campbell said when asked why he thought it was a good idea to have this recognition.

It could take some research to come up with a list as the process gets underway to dig through the County's rich history.