Community Divided Over Plan for New Memorials in Cape Park

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Is there such a thing as too many military monuments?

Community leaders in Cape Girardeau will consider that question this week when they hold a public hearing on plans to build several new monuments in a downtown park.

The plan calls for three marble monoliths remembering the fallen of World Wars One and Two and the Korean War around a brick octagon honoring the mothers of soldiers and sailors.

Some downtown business owners and historic preservation advocates say the monuments would take up too much of the park, one of the few green areas downtown.

But Vietnam veteran Jim Carver says the monuments need to be downtown to attract the most visitors.  Carver belongs to a group that got a Vietnam memorial built near the park last year.

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