Eternal Flame Burning Out?

An eternal flame… an eternal gas bill. "The Flame of Freedom" may be taken away from its age-old home.

"The Flame of Freedom" burns because of those who served.

The monument honoring Taylor County veterans has been sitting in front of the courthouse for more than three decades, but the flame could soon be extinguished for good.

H.B. Pemberton, a Taylor County resident, says, "Why move it? Everybody's used to seeing it here. What's it going to cost to move it? Why dig up something that's been here for 30 years?"

Judy Fischer adds, "Keep it. Keep it and they can start their own. It can be eternal there, too. There's no harm being more than one."

The Veterans Memorial Park is being built with an eternal flame monument, and the mayor says there is harm in having more than one.

Mayor Emily Ketring says, "This is about $400 a month to keep the flame lit; it's a significant price. It would be about double that."

The park committee has asked the city to move the gas from the courthouse to be used for the park's monument.

Pam Feagle, Committee Chairperson for Veterans Memorial Park, says, "It's a cost-saving measure. We don't see why we should have two flames burning. We can move it down here and save funding for something else that may be needed."

Mayor Ketring says at this time the city council has no intentions of preventing the move of the eternal flame, but most say no matter here or there, the most important part is that the flame never dies.