Construction on long-awaited park honoring Veterans underway in La Vergne

Veternas Park Rendering La Vergne
Courtesy: City of La Vergne/Griggs & Maloney Inc.

LA VERGNE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The first phase of a long-awaited memorial honoring Veterans is currently underway in La Vergne.

Parks and recreation officials are reaching out to the public for donation so they don’t burden taxpayers with the cost.

“It is called Veterans Memorial Park and we’ve been trying to do something like this up here for a while now,” said La Vergne Parks & Recreation Director A.C. Davis.

The memorial will honor all branches of services and those who have sacrificed for our country.

“They give their all for the freedom we have, so this is to honor all Veterans,” Davis said.

Dirt and rock were donated from the new Walmart site, but more than $20,000, worth of work and materials, is needed to complete the project.

Park officials want to complete this project with as little cost possible to the city and taxpayers.

“We want the taxpayers to have to foot the bill for as little of this as possible,” the parks director said. “If we can do it solely on donations, that’s the way to go.”

A total of 810 brick tiles will be sold for $25 each.

Family members will be able to put the names of Veterans, dates and branch of service on the brick tiles.

The goal is to complete the memorial within the next two months.

“It would be a beautiful thing to get this done by November 11, which is Veterans Day, so that we can honor our Veterans with a ceremony here and the induction of this new memorial,” Davis said.

City officials are currently in the process of setting up a link on the city’s website and Facebook page where people can purchase brick tiles, and make donations to the project.

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