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Fallen soldier monument stirs controversy in Milford

“If people are worried about their kids seeing a gun, take away their video games and take away their TVs,” he said. “Don’t let them hunt, and don’t teach them to protect themselves.

A veterans group wants to complete the Veterans Memorial in Milford’s Central Park with a fallen soldier monument, but the Village Council isn’t sure the piece — which features a pair of boots and a helmet atop an M-16 rife — is an appropriate focal point for the park.

Bear Hall, founder and chairman of the local Friends of American Veterans (FAV), approached the council earlier this month hoping for approval of the plan.

The group wants to place a fallen solder memorial – also known as a battle field cross – at the end of the brick paver walkway leading out from the current Veterans Memorial near the main park entrance.

The plan calls for an 8-foot-tall monument, including a 43-inch granite base matching the current memorial, topped by a 52-inch sculpture of the fallen soldier memorial: a bronze sculpture of combat boots, rifle – an M-16 – with dog tags and a helmet on top.

It’s the gun that has raised concerns among some members of the parks commission and the village council.

The proposal went to the Village Parks and Recreation Commission last month for consideration. The commissioners, said Village Manager Christian Wuerth, did not make a recommendation to council on the matter.

“There was some concern from a couple of members regarding the specific memorial that’s proposed,” said Wuerth. “Specifically, the gun. They understood the history of (the memorial) and the meaning of it, they just didn’t feel it was appropriate for that specific location.”

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