Memorial contains the names of more than 5,000 Northeast Missouri veterans

The Hannibal War Memorial's restored plaques bearing the names of more than 5,000 Northeast Missouri world war military veterans will be unveiled Tuesday evening in Central Park.

Mary Lynne Richards of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department (HPRD) said the unveiling will occur at 6:15 p.m. at the memorial, located on the park's west side.

The War Memorial's eight cast aluminum plaques were restored with the public's financial assistance. A campaign to raise the necessary funds to have the plaques renovated began in November, 2017.

Richards said that money was coming from a number of sources as the fund-raising campaign neared its $12,000 target amount earlier this year.

"We have received (contributions) from civic groups, individuals and businesses," she said.

The names of donors have been engraved on a plaque that will be placed on the back of the memorial.

The War Memorial, which honors Hannibal soldiers who served in either World War I or World War II, was erected in Central Park through the efforts of the Service Mothers of World War II and the Emmette J. Shields Post 55, American Legion. It was dedicated on May 14, 1962.

Over time, the plaques began to fade which made the names hard to read.

"We've had multiple people try to clean these, including ourselves (HPRD) and the Veterans Service Committee," Andy Dorian, director of the HPRD, said last fall. "It's just not working. Their old and faded. They need to be completely redone."

The Hannibal Monument Company, whose bid of $9,100 was the lowest of two quotes received, was selected by the Hannibal City Council to restore the plaques.

Tri-State Industrial Sandblasting volunteered its services to remove old paint from the monument.

Because Hannibal Monument Company's bid was less than the amount raised, and the sandblasting was performed at no charge, Dorian said the remaining funds will be kept in a special account and used to cover the memorial's future maintenance costs.

danny.henley@courierpost.com