Listing of names on the Jackson Hole Town Square Veterans Monument

Victory

Listing of names on the Jackson Hole Town Square Veterans Monument

This petition made change with 441 supporters!

Courtney Campbell started this petition to Jackson Hole Veterans and Families and

My name is Courtney Campbell, I am a born and raised Jackson Hole native, my family homesteaded Jackson Hole.  I am also a US Navy Veteran.  

A few years ago I started the ball rolling on a project to update the names and rebuild the Veterans Monument in the Town Square.  Cliff Poindexter, also a Jackson Hole veteran, came up with an amazing, brilliant design for the monument.  We met with people and I began collecting military records and appealing to the community for names of our local veterans.  I spent hours transcribing the current names into a list. 

Due to family emergencies and things and with no one to pick up the battle the project was put on hold for a while.  Recently Greg McCoy, Commander of the American Legion started pursuing getting the monument approved.  He won that battle with the Town Council and for that i applaud him.  

It has recently come to my attention that he is changing the formatting of the listing of the names.  You will no longer see the names listed as is.  There will be panels with headlines - the headlines will be wars.  The problem being not all veterans were in wars. He has also chosen which wars will be represented.  At one point he wanted to remove names that weren’t in wars - I fought that battle. 

We currently have veterans listed several different ways on the monument.  How they or their families chose to list them.  Some say a war or several wars and some say nothing.  Some are listed as 10th Mountain Division or the Spanish American War (Spanish American War vets will now be listed under WW1) some chose to just list their branch of service or their dates of service.  This is historical data.  

Now they will be divided into panels by wars.  Even if they weren’t in a war.  They will be placed in the last war closest to their dates of service.  Never mind we have a lot of names we don’t have dates of service for. There are names on the monument that just say Air Force or US Navy or USMC or Army. 

I urge the public to fight this.  This is not a WAR monument. It’s a Veterans Monument to honor all vets and they should be listed the way they have all chosen to be listed. 

Please sign this petition to keep the listing of the names the same. Turning this into a WAR monument is not in keeping with the spirit, vision or overall history of the monument.  

 

 

 

 

Victory

This petition made change with 441 supporters!