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VETERANS FREEDOM PARK IN LMU PARK
6th and Market
A visit to VETERANS FREEDOM PARK is intended to provide a place where an individual can contemplate, reflect, and experience how FREEDOM touches them as an individual, being able to “take a moment to reflect upon what others have accomplished and sacrificed”.
Veterans Freedom Park was established in LMU Park in 2014 through the cooperation of the Logansport Utility Service Board and the Cass County Roosters.The Roosters have worked on many projects honoring veterans, including restoration of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Mt Hope Cemetery, along with the WWI Doughboy and the WWII Monument both located at the Logansport City Building. They've also raised scholarship funds in memory of Cass County veterans Shawn Hensel and Kenneth McAninch.
The land on which the park is built is the former home of the H.W. Gossard Building. The company , which produced corsets and other women's garments, came to Logansport in 1920 and was originally housed at the SW corner of 3rd and E. Market Streets. The factory at 6th and Market was built in 1930. Orders for their product dwindled in the late 1970s and the company opened a plant in southern Indiana and outsourced part of their production work to the Phillipines. Local production shut down in 198. Logansport Municipal Utilities purchased the land and the building at 6th and Market was torn down in 1997.
The LMU board's goal in creating the park was to create a space that could be utilized by more people.
The clock tower was donated by the Cole Family. A plum maple is planted in honor of LMU's long-time superintendent, Klaus Hemberger, and the park also contains an "American Liberty Elm Tree."
LMU and the Cass County Roosters envisioned Veterans Freedom Park as a place to honor the United States Armed Services as a whole – honoring what they have accomplished, what they continue to do and what they will do to protect our freedom.
In November 2014, the Roosters celebrated the installation of flags representing various branches of the military. The following October, granite monuments honoring each military branch were dedicated, along with a bronze sculpture in the southeast corner of the park. The "I Love My Country" sculpture was purchased with funds raised by Tri Kappa to grant a wish made by the late Kassia Bannon Minnick, who taught government at Logansport High School. Her wish was to see an addition to the park that shows children the importance of patriotism and honoring veterans.
A time capsule was buried in the park in 2013 to commemorate Logansport's 175th anniversary.
The Pop Up Art and History Trail is presented by the Cass County Visitors Bureau in partnership with Logan's Landing, the Cass County Historical Society, the City of Logansport and Cass County Communication Network (published by Existential Media LLC) as a way to encourage residents and visitors to learn more about our community's history and local attractions.