Public Supports Plans For Park, Possible Gold Star Memorial

Renderings of the proposed stage and memorial plaza. Source: Jonas Silver, PIO, Town of Knightdale NC.
Renderings of the proposed stage and memorial plaza. Source: Jonas Silver, PIO, Town of Knightdale NC.

By Jonas Silver, Town of Knightdale

The Town Council Meeting in Knightdale, North Carolina, on Monday night was jam packed with citizens. Most stated they were there for the section of the meeting about the planned new development at Knightdale Station Park.

After Development Director, Chris Hills offered his recommendation that the Council authorize the Town Manager, Bill Summers, to enter into a contract with CLH Design, PA for Design, Bid Administration, and construction administration services for the Knightdale Station Park Village and Stage Plan, the public comment section opened for statements from citizens concerning the project.

Old Town resident Rita Blackmon stood before the council and offered her heartfelt support of the Knightdale Station Park development project, stating that she believes the architect Tony Johnson, who is a local Eastern Wake resident, has done fine work.

Resident Sandra Dutton, Vice President of the Two Green Thumbs Garden Club in Knightdale came to show her support and the support of the club for the proposed veterans memorial.  She stated “We feel honored to possibly move our blue star to the new veterans memorial in the park”.  The club members present then stood to show their support of the plans for the memorial.  The Garden Club has been managing the current Blue Star Memorial at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street since they installed it ten years ago.

The Knightdale Station Veterans Memorial will create a place where the town can honor veterans for their service, and the Town will apply for not only Blue Star status for the new memorial, but also for Gold Star status. The Blue Star Memorial Program honors all men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services.  The Gold Star Memorial Program honors Gold Star Families, and those who have fallen.

If approved, this will be the first Gold Star Memorial in the state of North Carolina.

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