CLEAR LAKE | Volunteers have collected nearly 1,000 signatures asking the Clear Lake City Council to allow a proposed veterans memorial along the Sea Wall.
Mike Finnegan and Gene Madson, both of Clear Lake, helped to organize the petition drive.
"This is probably the most visible and the most deserving place for this memorial to go," Finnegan said. "We can't imagine, I mean fathom, how much we owe the veterans. This is a memorial not just to the deceased veterans; this is a memorial to the living veterans also and we just need to put it in the most noticeable, the most desirable, the most visible place."
The proposal presented at the council's June 2 meeting includes three five-foot high tribute walls. The names of veterans from Clear Lake and Ventura would be inscribed on the panels.
Vietnam veterans would be honored on one panel. Another would recognize the service of those in World Wars I and II. Veterans from the Korean and Gulf wars would be honored on a third panel.
The memorial would also include three flag poles and a small flower garden.
The City Council is scheduled to discuss the issue at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at the Fire Station. The city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has recommended the formation of a task force to select a location for the memorial.
Finnegan said the petitions will be presented to the council in advance of Monday's meeting.
"The biggest asset this community has is the lake. That's why I think that this memorial needs to be tied in with the lake somehow. What better way to do that than to put the memorial by the lake?" he said.
Between 15 and 20 people have been going door-to-door collecting signatures. Finnegan said some people have been hesitant to get involved but change their minds when they see the artist's rendering of the proposed memorial.
"When you show them that, they say, 'This is beautiful. This isn't hiding my view of the lake. This isn't restricting my access.' They are kind of like, 'What's all big hubbub about?' " Finnegan said.