Veterans Park Wall of Honor charges to have names listed

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Veterans in Florence are honored on the Wall of Honor at Florence Veterans Park, but to have their names put up, it costs hundreds of dollars. One plaque costs $300 and the other $375.

"I was just a little concerned why me, as a veteran, my name is not listed on the wall," said Henry Cusaac, who served our county from 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1967.

While he loves Veterans Park in Florence, the cost of putting his name on the wall concerns him.

"Quite a few veterans came disabled and can hardly make a living," said Cusaac.

Reporter Ken Baker spoke with the Chairman of the Veterans Park Committee, who said the money brought in through the plaques goes back into the park.

"These costs are to help maintain the park so that taxpayer money is not put back into it,"said Colonel Barringer Wingard with the Veterans Park Committee.

We dug a little further and discovered there was an agreement when the park was built. The agreement is that money would be raised through the plaques to repay the city for this centerpiece monument and to fund any additional monuments added to the park.

"This is a beautiful memorial stuck within a beautiful park, and we need to get the names of every serviceman that honorably served this country up on these walls," said Ron White.

The Chairman of Veterans Park said for those veterans who are unable to have their name on the wall, there is another option.

"For those who are destitute and cannot pay, we will consider meeting them halfway at a reduced price or something," Colonel Barringer Wingard said.

But for Henry Cusaac, those costs are unfair.

"The average veteran cannot afford that," Cusaac said.

If you are interested in getting one of these plaques, you can pick up an application form at the City of Florence Recreation Department.

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