Just in time for Veterans Day on Sunday, Madisonville dedicated a new Veterans Memorial on Wednesday.
This project has been in the works for just over a year, and veterans both young and old were on hand to tour the new park.
"All I can really say to Madisonville is, thank you. It makes me proud to be from here," said Army veteran Cody Anglin.
Not too long ago Daylily Park was nothing that would stop traffic on Main Street, but now it might turn some heads.
"This is something that we can go by every time we're by here and think about our service and how the community is supporting us," Army veteran Calvin Walker said.
Walker and Anglin were among dozens of veterans on hand to witness Wednesday's dedication. They say they're both thrilled to be a part of a community that cares about those who serve their country.
"Something to recognize all the veterans who have paid their sacrifice for the country," Walker said.
Park Committee Chairman Bob Simmons says community members helped fund this project worth roughly $250,000. To recognize those donors, the memorial is filled with bricks and plaques.
"We're really pleased with that kind of a response and we're hoping that it will continue," Simmons said.
One portion of the memorial features a display with the city, state, and American flag. There's also a Patriots Walk path that leads to a granite monument honoring the five services.
"We try to honor veterans on a daily basis, but this is a place where other people can recognize our appreciation and their appreciation to the veterans who have served in all of the services," Simmons said.
"It makes me want to go that extra mile just to say thank you to the ones that come before me and to the ones that are over there now," Anglin said.
There's still time if you're interested in buying a brick or plaque for the park. For more information on how to do so, click here.
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