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Central Park may soon house historic cannon
The Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission will consider possible new locations for the Korean War aged cannon that used to sit in front of the War Memorial Building. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Korean War era cannon that used to sit in front of the War Memorial Building may soon be moving to downtown Turlock. While the details of the historic cannon's relocation are still being considered, one thing is already clear: Turlock veterans want a say in the placement and presentation of the memorial.

"We're in full support of the City moving it to a more public location, giving it the honor and respect it deserves for the veterans," said VFW Commander Mike Seward at Wednesday's Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission meeting.

Commander Seward was one of a handful of local veterans who attended the PARC meeting to weigh in on the future plans for the cannon that had to be moved following the sale of the War Memorial property to the Turlock Irrigation District.

Veteran speakers also suggested the placement of one or more plaques in front of the cannon to recognize Turlock's veteran organizations and the building a fence around the monument to deter vandalism.

The City of Turlock is using the move of the cannon as a way to highlight the memorial and its importance to the community through planned events including a float in the Fourth of July parade and a rededication ceremony on Veteran's Day in November.

City staff have evaluated several locations for the cannon, but are focusing in on Central Park, according to Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Director Allison Van Guilder. Suggestions of possible locations are still being taken and will be considered at the June 10 PARC meeting.

The June meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.