Claremore Daily Progress

July 30, 2013

Eternal flame temporarily relocated

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Rogers County Commissioners and VFW Post 2976 hosted the moving of the eternal flame Monday morning. The flame will be relocated from the old Rogers County Courthouse to VFW Post 2976, 1717 W. Dupont Street.

The fuel-lit flame was part of a memorial built in 1971 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in honor of resident Geraline Brown’s son who was killed while fighting in Vietnam. The flame symbolizes fallen veterans’ eternal life.

Brown lit a hand torch, carried by Claremore NJROTC Cadet Taylor Flowers. Flowers and other cadets marched the flame to its temporary location while escorted by Rogers County Sheriff’s deputies.

The flame will be relocated once more after a proposed 400-square-foot plaza in front of the new courthouse is completed. Plans for the construction of the plaza will be finalized after the old courthouse is torn down, said Commissioner Dan DeLozier.

He said commissioners are hoping to have bids distributed this week to determine which company will demolish the building.

“We have to leave (bids) out for two weeks and then we can knock it down. The architect has a final design for the plaza, but I have not yet seen it,” said DeLozier. “The eternal flame will be incorporated.”

A fundraiser has been discussed to help pay for the plaza and will include bricks available for purchase by area residents.