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Local VFW post donates to bring permanent light to 'eternal flame'

by: Morgan Downing Updated:

ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • An area VFW post is donating to the eternal flame monument in Rogers County.
  • The flame there keeps going out.
  • It will cost $25,000 to fix.

 

A large donation is going to help fix the eternal flame monument outside the Rogers County Courthouse.

The monument is supposed to stay lit at all hours, but some say the flame goes out, sometimes for days at a time.

Rogers County has honored fallen soldiers with an eternal flame monument since 1971.

The former monument was outside the old courthouse there.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2976 Commander Bill Richey said it never burned out.

The newer monument is reportedly giving workers trouble.

Parts inside the monument continue to malfunction, causing the county to spend hundreds of dollars every few weeks to fix it.

The local VFW post is partnering with the county to pay for half of the $25,000 cost for a permanent fix.

Work starts on the monument next week.

Once complete, workers will add plaques with names of the fallen service members and first responders from Rogers County.