Pataskala's veterans memorial is improving daily.

Pataskala's veterans memorial is improving daily.

Last week, workers poured concrete for a new monument to be installed before Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Pataskala Mayor Steve Butcher said the memorial was the idea of local Eagle Scout Zach Grove, who now is in the U.S. Air Force Academy. The new monument will be for fallen soldiers. Butcher said it's made of bronze and has two boots and a helmet on top of a rifle. The statue itself is about 4 feet, 6 inches tall and will be placed on three pieces of granite in graduating sizes.

"From the ground to the top it will reach 8 feet in the air," Butcher said.

The statue was funded via $6,000 generated from the sale of bricks that are being installed as part of the memorial.

Butcher said the bricks include people's names and cost $75 to $250 each. Bricks purchased by families and businesses are put around the perimeter of the memorial, with places inside reserved for bricks purchased by veterans and their families.

Butcher said the granite would be installed just before Veterans Day, which is expected to be quite a celebration in the city. Butcher said the day could begin with an 11: 45 a.m. prayer service at the cemetery, followed by the memorial at 12:30 p.m. for a short program. Paperwork already has been completed for an F-16 flyover at 1 p.m.

Bart Weiler, president of the Pataskala Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber helped administer the money for the bricks and the organization will maintain a fund for maintenance.

Butcher said although Grove has graduated from high school and has moved on, his father, Dennis, remains involved.