- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Two Knoxville, Iowa, city council members who voted last week to remove a veterans memorial from a city park have been unseated.

The city council voted 3-2 last week to approve a plan to remove the memorial — a wooden silhouette of a soldier kneeling before a cross — from Young’s Park following complaints by the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.

“I hope it brings some closure to it,” Mayor Brian Hatch said of the decision to remove the memorial, the Des Moines Register reported. “I hope we can kind of achieve the best of both worlds. We avoid a costly lawsuit and at the same time we still have the silhouette memorial up honoring the veterans, right across the road hopefully, on private property.”

But the controversial move on the eve of the city’s local election prompted calls from supporters of the memorial to oust those responsible, the Register reported.

On Nov. 3, Carolyn Formanek and April Verwers, who both voted against the memorial, lost their council seats. The other council member who opposed the memorial did not seek re-election.



After the election results were announced, a Facebook page dedicated to supporting the memorial, posted, “We did it!!!!!” Earlier, the page had urged followers to vote for the two council members’ opponents, the Register reported.

The memorial, placed in Young’s Park by the local chapter of the American Veterans, will be moved to private property and replaced by a different memorial.

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