Waveland to Re-dedicate Veterans Memorial on Beach
By Dwayne Bremer
Jul 11, 2014, 20:15
The Waveland Veteran's Memorial at the foot of Coleman Avenue has been completely restored and the city is nearing a rededication ceremony.
The city of Waveland's Veterans Memorial at the foot of Coleman Avenue is nearly complete and city leaders say they hope to rededicate the monument next month.
Mayor David Garcia said Friday that the city would like to add an arch over the memorial and the board of aldermen will discuss prices at Wednesday's meeting.
"It all depends on the price," Garcia said. "If it is too expensive, we will be rededicating the memorial next month. We can always go back and add the arch later."
The veterans memorial was damaged two years ago by Hurricane Isaac.
Garcia said when the city decided to repair it, upgrading the site was an important consideration.
"Every time we had a hard rain or a high tide, things would erode," Garcia said. "We wanted to fix that."
In response, the city dictated that the new memorial be protected by a barrier of sheet piling.
A new drainage system was installed and an underground sprinkler system added to water the grass which now covers the site.
The memorial will also feature several benches which will be used for special events or residents just wanting to sit by the beach.
"We are very pleased with the way it has turned out so far," Garcia said. "It is beautiful."