After a decade of effort, the Veterans Memorial portion of Woodland Park may finally be wrapping up.

After a decade of effort, the Veterans Memorial portion of Woodland Park may finally be wrapping up.

In the Spring, Shawnee City Commissioners were asked to help fund eight black granite panels that would be placed in honor of 7500-plus soldiers from the state of Oklahoma that lost their lives in battle. The commission was asked to share the cost of $120,000 with a match of $30,000 last fiscal year and to budget another $30,000 this fiscal year ('16/'17).

In April, Shawnee City Commissioners approved the transfer of $30,000 to Shawnee Community Foundation for the panels to be installed in the park.

Ward 3 Commissioner James Harrod urged the board to follow through with another $30,000 in matching memorial funding for the current fiscal budget cycle in order to finish the 10-year-old project.

“The Avedis Foundation has really helped the City of Shawnee with the splash pads and sidewalks, and so forth, but this doesn't fall under their umbrella,” Harrod said in April. “I'd like to see the city step up and help the veterans out this way, and get the project finished.”

A representative from the group said the large granite panels were ordered from overseas –– which took several months to receive –– and now that they are stateside they're being inscribed with the names of Oklahoma's fallen soldiers.

“I, for one, would like to see the project finished. I know it seems like a long time,” Harrod said. “A lot of hard work's gone into it.”

The panels are planned to be placed on the east side of the existing memorial. It was originally hoped they would be in place by Veterans Day, but were delayed.

A ceremony is tentatively set for 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at the site.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.