Boone County Commission votes to relocate Desert Storm memorial

3 years 11 months 3 days ago Tuesday, August 11 2015 Aug 11, 2015 Tuesday, August 11, 2015 2:27:00 PM CDT August 11, 2015 in News
By: Tom Barclay, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Following more than a year of public debate, the Boone County Commission unanimously decided Tuesday to replace and relocate the Desert Storm Memorial at the Boone County Courthouse.

The memorial features an ichthus, better known as the 'Jesus Fish,' at the base, which has been covered while the county debated what to do with the memorial.

The commissioners said they will be moving the current memorial to the Columbia Cemetery off Broadway and then intend on building a new monument at the courthouse without the ichthus.

Most of the Boone County residents who showed up to the meeting said they were deeply upset by the commission's decision and said the commissioners were unwilling to listen to them.

"You can't put on TV what I think," said Hugh Farnen, a father of of one of the fallen service members listed on the memorial. "We tried to meet them partway and they're absolutely refusing to do anything  except what they want and what a very small majority wants."

The commission said it made its decision based on the legal opinion of Columbia attorney Dan Simon, who said the ichthus violated state and constitutional law. 

"The maintenance of a religious icon on county property is a violation of the Missouri constitution," said county commissioner Daniel Atwill. "It's not a law that happened recently, it's been that way since the monument was first established in 1992 and shouldn't have been put up."

Farnen said he didn't understand why the commission didn't wish to compromise with the public by leaving the ichthus covered.

"There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for them to move the memorial once we agreed to leave it covered," Farnen said. "I don't like that, but they wouldn't agree to it."

Atwill said the commission wanted to respect the families of the fallen servicemen on the memorial and publics feelings, but couldn't 'base the decision on emotions.'

"I much regret the heartache this has caused the families of the two deceased military personnel that are listed on the monument," Atwill said. "I hope that people will agree that we can include the two names on a new monument that is essentially the same, but it won't have the religious icon."

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Mayor Brain Treece officially announced John Glascock as Columbia's official City Manager. The announcement happened at 11... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, July 15 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Monday, July 15, 2019 6:47:00 AM CDT July 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Maries County deputies arrested Cheryl “Lynn” Fales and Charles R. Fales, of St James for two counts of... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:26:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Camden County Sheriff's department has confirmed federal aviation officials will investigate a skydiving accident that injured one... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:01:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Five were injured after a boat explosion Saturday afternoon at the fueling dock of Kings River Marina. ... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 7:23:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri River at Jefferson City is now back below minor flood stage as of Saturday afternoon,... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 7:01:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — A major theft from an agricultural store in Pike County Missouri was thwarted by Ralls County Sheriff's Office... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 6:57:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Drivers who use the I-70 bridge over the Missouri River near Rocheport will have three opportunities to ask... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 6:33:00 PM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- Power was fully restored in New York early Sunday after an outage left parts of the city in... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
LOUISIANA (AP) - Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways,... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 14 2019 Jul 14, 2019 Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:41:00 AM CDT July 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Deputies from the Gasconade County Sheriff's Office citizens can now rest easy after an investigation into a vehicle... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 13 2019 Jul 13, 2019 Saturday, July 13, 2019 5:50:00 PM CDT July 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Orr Street Studio hosted it's Second Saturday for Kids event Saturday afternoon. Organizers said the goal... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 13 2019 Jul 13, 2019 Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:14:00 PM CDT July 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Community leaders and project sponsors cut the ribbon off the MU Health Care Pavilion at Columbia's Agriculture Park... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 13 2019 Jul 13, 2019 Saturday, July 13, 2019 10:53:00 AM CDT July 13, 2019 in News
CHARITON COUNTY - FEMA representatives will visit Brunswick this Sunday, July 14 to help get neighbors signed up for assistance.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 13 2019 Jul 13, 2019 Saturday, July 13, 2019 10:10:41 AM CDT July 13, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The city council is set to hear a report regarding public suggestions for the city's three dog parks... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, July 13 2019 Jul 13, 2019 Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:39:00 AM CDT July 13, 2019 in News
PRAIRIE HOME - Prairie Home Fair organizers say there's an old saying that "once you get a job at the... More >>
2 days ago Friday, July 12 2019 Jul 12, 2019 Friday, July 12, 2019 7:52:00 PM CDT July 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Camden County deputies seized seven different kinds of drugs while executing a search warrant at a location on... More >>
2 days ago Friday, July 12 2019 Jul 12, 2019 Friday, July 12, 2019 6:56:00 PM CDT July 12, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The FTC has voted to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over... More >>
2 days ago Friday, July 12 2019 Jul 12, 2019 Friday, July 12, 2019 5:38:55 PM CDT July 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - More than 75 people gathered outside the Boone County Jail on Friday to protest human detention camps. ... More >>
2 days ago Friday, July 12 2019 Jul 12, 2019 Friday, July 12, 2019 2:46:00 PM CDT July 12, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
2pm 81°
3pm 81°
4pm 80°
5pm 79°