It used to be on display at Leavenworth City Hall. But for the past several years, a memorial plaque honoring local residents who died in World War II and the Korean War has been out of public view in the building's basement.
But the plaque soon will be back on display.
City Commissioners voted earlier this week to display the plaque in the area of the west entrance of City Hall.
"This plaque needs to be displayed," Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Preisinger said Tuesday. "It needs to be displayed for all to see."
He apologized to family members of people whose names appear on the plaque because it's been in storage for nearly 10 years.
"It's inexcusable," he said.
The plaque lists the names of people from Leavenworth County who were killed in World War II and the Korean War. Melissa Bower, public information officer for the city, said there are more than 100 names on the plaque.
Bower said the plaque will be cleaned and on display at City Hall in a few weeks. It temporarily will be on loan so it can be displayed during an April 27 Honor and Remember Kansas ceremony at VFW Post 56. The event will honor Cpl. Delbert Earl Vogeli, who was killed in the Korean War.
The memorial plaque previously was displayed at the west entrance of City Hall. But it was removed in 2004 as the building underwent a multi-year renovation project, according to City Clerk Karen Logan.
At the time, city officials contacted the county government about the possibility of the plaque being moved to the Leavenworth County Courthouse.
The Courthouse also was undergoing renovations at the time and there never was a determination regarding where to put the plaque.
The city recently received requests to donate the plaque to the VFW. County officials were contacted, and the county counselor indicated it would be appropriate to have the plaque installed at the Courthouse, according to Logan.
During Tuesday's City Commission meeting, Commissioner Davis Moulden said he felt the plaque should be displayed at City Hall. He said the people who raised the money for the plaque felt it should go there.
He also said plaques at the courthouse are dirty. He said the memorial plaque should be cleaned.
Commissioner Lisa Weakley said she preferred to have the plaque displayed at City Hall or the Courthouse.
"Those are public buildings," she said.
Commissioner Larry Dedeke said the plaque needs to be displayed. But he questioned whether the city or county owned it. He noted the plaque listed the names of people from Leavenworth County not just the city.
Logan said the issue of how the plaque came to be in the city's possession was researched. But no reference of the plaque being presented during a city meeting could be found.
Page 2 of 2 - Dedeke later said he feels the plaque needs to be displayed at City Hall, but he supported loaning it so it can be displayed during the April 27 ceremony at the VFW.
Weakley made a motion to restore the plaque to the west entrance of City Hall but allow it to be used for the April 27 ceremony.
The motion passed unanimously.