CEDAR FALLS — Sid Morris and city officials are making support of Veterans Memorial Park a family affair.
Morris, a Korean War veteran and former City Council member, said families wishing to purchase memorial bricks for multiple family members who served may group those bricks together at the park.
Previously the bricks were put in place at the park by the branch of service in which a veteran served.
But with all the new orders, families can be placed together. A single brick previously ordered by a family can be moved and grouped with fresh bricks ordered by a single family.
Mark Ripplinger, the city’s director of municipal operations and programs, said, “It’s been a good thing for brick sales and good for families, show their heritage.”
He’s received requests from multiple members of an immediate family, as well as individuals researching their family genealogy. Morris noted he was contacted by one individual who had multiple family members who served in the Revolutionary War.
Orders are taken twice a year; the deadline for ordering bricks for the spring engraving is May 15. More than 3,000 bricks have been sold over several years.
Brick order forms are available at Cedar Falls City Hall, the Cedar Falls Recreation Center, Community Center, Cedar Falls Public Library and Cedar Falls locations of several businesses, including Casey’s General stores, Farmers State Bank, Lincoln Savings Bank and 1st National Bank. Sid Morris said questions may be directed to him at 290-0813.