PEPPERELL -- Selectmen endorsed a design for a monument to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The Global War on Terrorism Monument Committee presented its design Monday night, after meeting with town officials and getting the design approved by various departments.
The design for the monument, which would be built at the Pepperell Common at the intersection of Hollis and Main streets, centers around a five-point-star, with walking paths extending to each point. Each point of the star represents a branch of the armed services.
In the center of the star is a pentagon containing footprints meant to symbolize the journey home from Iraq and Afghanistan toward the American flag, which would be placed at the northernmost point of the pentagon. Not all of the footprints will extend all the way across the pentagon to symbolize those soldiers who did not return home.
The committee is planning to sell pavers with names of soldiers etched on them to be placed inside the points of the star. The money raised from the sales will be put directly toward building the monument. Details on how to buy the pavers have not yet been finalized.
Committee members are hoping to light the monument primarily with solar energy, but are still researching the viability of this option.
"It looks like its going to be a great contribution to the community and to the veterans and those on active duty," said Selectman Stephen C. Themelis.
The committee expects the monument to cost between $75,000 and $100,000.
Members reported that they would be saving any unused money from their fundraising efforts for maintenance of the monument.
Selectman Michael Green raised concerns that the monument would require expensive maintenance in the future that the town would be unable to fund. He urged committee members to determine how much money they should set aside for future maintenance.
The committee is planning to have the project completed by Memorial Day of 2015.
After the design was approved, committee members raised a concern about the monument site possibly conflicting with a time capsule that was buried in the Pepperell Common in the mid-1970s.
Selectmen asked committee members to look further into the exact location of the capsule before moving forward in order to prevent any problems when the time capsule is dug up.
Themelis said the monument would be a powerful addition to the Pepperell Common.
"This will be a great testimony, a great tribute to what's been going on overseas for the last 10 years," Themelis said.
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