New monument dedicated to Korean War Veterans in Evart

Memorial added to Guyton Park 

EVART — Two local veterans, Jim Rohen and David Bricked, with VFW Post 7979 in Evart, have been working to get a Korean War Veteran’s memorial placed at Guyton Park in Evart.

“Last year we had Korean War veteran George Becker bring it up at a meeting,” Rohen said. “We looked around and said, ‘I think we need that,’ and started working on it.”

Rohen said because the Guyton Park property is owned by the city, they had to get approval from city council to proceed with the plans.

“I contacted the city and gave them a proposal of what we wanted to do,” he said. “They agreed with the proposal, so we are going through with it.”

The memorial will consist of a black Italian marble monument that is 80 feet tall by 36 inches wide and 8 inches thick, with a draped American flag carved into it, along with a depiction of the Korean peninsula.

Proposed wording on the monument will say, “Dedicated to all veterans that served in Korea.”

“We have ordered the monument from Corey Funeral Home,” Rohen said. “It is made out of black marble, and there is no black marble available in the United States, so we are hoping to have it by April of next year.”

The memorial will be placed on a concrete slab that is deep enough to protect it from the freezing and thawing cycle.

“The foundation has to go down several feet to hold the weight of the monument, and under the foundation is a platform that is pretty heavy,” Rohen said. “We want it to last for a long time.”

Rohen and Bricked told the city council that they hope the city will assist in creating a brick walkway to the monument that matches the current brick walks at Guyton Park.

“We have bricks in the walkway now, and we want to make them match,” Rohen said. “Coming off of Main Street, there is a walkway that goes to the main World War II monument in the park. Halfway between the sidewalk and that monument is where our proposal is to put the new monument. I told them that we would make the walkway like the rest of the walkways there.”

Dedication of the monument is tentatively planned for Memorial Day 2022.

The project is being funded for the most part by a generous donation from George Becker’s family. With that, they have all the funding they need to complete it, Rohen said.

“A lot of it is being donated,” he said. “Mark Corey is ordering the monument and everything for nothing, and the guy that is doing the cement work is volunteering all the cement work.”

However, he added that although they are not soliciting donations at this time, the Post is willing to accept anything anyone wants to give.

Guyton Park is dedicated to the memory of Joseph Guyton, the first American killed on German soil during World War I. It includes a memorial plaque dedicated to Guyton and a monument to those who died in WWII and in the Vietnam War.