Family carries out memorial project
Sunday, August 25, 2002
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A monument to prisoners of war and Americans missing in action was dedicated Friday, fulfilling the final wish of a veteran who didn't live to see it.
Ben Haynes, who served in the Navy from 1948 to 1970, started work on a POW/MIA Memorial Monument in April 2001, but died of cancer in November.
His oldest daughter, Patricia Maynard of Bolivar, Mo., visited her father a couple of days before he died.
"He was sad," she said. "He didn't feel his dream of building a monument for POWs and MIAs would live beyond him."
Haynes had ordered 1,000 dog tags and sold them to raise money for the project. After he died, his family sold the dog tags he had designed. With that money and donations from veterans groups, the Haynes family raised $3,000.
Marie Haynes and five of her six children were joined by veterans as the 2-foot-by-3-foot granite tablet was unveiled Friday morning at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery.
"It's so beautiful," she whispered, wiping her eyes.