Arlington gets grant for Veterans, Legion memorials

ARLINGTON The Veterans Memorial and Legion Memorial in Legion Park are set to receive their final funding any day now, according to city of Arlington Capital Projects Manager Paul Ellis.
The funds come from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ellis said. Its a grant thats available for maintaining, repairing and establishing memorials and tributes to veterans. Wed applied for $5,800, and we got $4,000.
The grant will go toward refurbishing the roof and replacing the window of the Legion Memorial with tempered glass, to prevent the display from fading as quickly, and replacing its wooden door frames with vinyl to prevent rotting. The Legion Memorial will also receive new paint and carpeting, while the Veterans Memorial will finally be illuminated at night.
We already fabricated the conduit in the concrete, so this will allow us to install the light box itself, Ellis said. Itll go on and off at the same times as the other lights in the park.
The city applied for the grant in November and received confirmation that it had been approved in January, so Ellis expects the funding to arrive at any time, since the typical time between funding approval and arrival is 45 days.
This is actually coming at the perfect time, because weve already gotten quotes on finishing up these parts of the park, but we didnt have any money left, Ellis said. Well have this all fixed up in time for Memorial Day.

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