Greenwood city leaders break ground for park honoring veterans, first responders

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (WTHR) — Greenwood's Veterans and First Responders Memorial is a big step closer to reality.

Retired Indiana National Guard General Martin Umbarger helped Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers break ground in the new city park south of the library.

The tall eagle-capped stone will stand in a park of stone walkways, leading to plaques and tablets recognizing veterans and first responders.

One of those honored is World War II Army veteran Paul Totten, a prisoner of war and a major booster of the monument plan. He he died last year. His wife Carla attended the ceremony.

"He has worked so many months and years on this and to think that it has come to fruition, it means so much to me. I have thought many times that his spirit is here and it means so much to us," said Carla Totten.

Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Home is a prime driver behind the project. It says the project will cost between $150,000 and $170,000.

Fundraising will continue over the next three months.

It's set to be unveiled at Greenwood's Freedom Fest in June, 2020.

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