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Updated: 2/24 7:59 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Vietnam memorial and the eternal flame by the old courthouse on Bay Street could soon have a new home.  

City Councilman Jim Love said, "Since we're probably going to tear down the courthouse, it's really in a terrible place right now. So moving it makes a lot of sense."

He said Evergreen Cemetery on Main Street has offered to take the monuments and take care of them, installing them right next to its Marines memorial.

"It's really not a bad place," said Love.  "It's one of the most historic cemeteries in the city."

But Col. Len Loving with Five Star Veterans would prefer a place with a little more foot traffic.

He said, "If I had my choice, I would put it somewhere close to the Veterans Memorial Arena."

He said it's important to have monuments like those in places where people can see them, where people who fought and died for their county will be remembered.

"Children will see them and ask mom and dad what's that all about. Why is that there? What does it stand for?" said Loving.

Councilman Love hosted a meeting Monday welcoming suggestions better than what Evergreen has offered.

Love said, "It really is the first best choice.  But if all the Vietnam vets said no, we don't want it there.  We won't put it there."

It's not a done deal yet.  But Love said if the monuments go to Evergreen Cemetery, it won't cost taxpayers any money.  He said the cemetery would pick up the tab.
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