War memorial: some say good idea, bad location
By: Mike Shain
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Plans for a veterans memorial on the grounds of Common Pleas Courthouse met up with opposition at a public hearing Thursday in Cape Girardeau.
World War II combat veteran and retired university professor Lawrence Breeze told the packed meeting, "I'm not comfortable breaking ranks with veterans, but I cannot agree with the siting of the proposed octagon."
Viet Now, an organization of Vietnam War veterans, wants to build an octagon shaped memorial to soldiers who served in both world wars, Korea and Vietnam. The park behind the historic courthouse has long had monuments to Union and Confederate veterans of the Civil War.