The Fairfield Beautification Commission presented the Rose Award to Dick and Karen DeAngelis for their work in Howard Park. Dick noticed that a plaque commemorating the first battalion of Civil War volunteers from Jefferson County who used Howard Park as their practice field was located on a smaller rock on crumbling concrete in a less visible place within the park.
He contacted Robert Estle, who donated a larger granite stone on which the plaque would be mounted. Dennis Kossow and Matt Nelson from Whitney Monument installed the original plaque on the new stone, and Estle moved it to a new, more visible location at the southwest corner of the park next to the Howard Park sign. Fairfield Park and Rec painted the Howard Park sign, and Karen installed and maintains a new garden underneath it.