Veterans Memory Park Plans Unveiled to Community
08/16/2019 05:24 PM
Plans for a Veterans Memory Park to be built at Ridgeland's new City Center Complex were unveiled at the William "Bill" Waller, Sr. Craft Center on Thursday evening.
The park was envisioned by the late General Tom Logue and will include benches and plaques commemorating the six branches of military service. It will also feature a central walkway, walk of heroes, a flagpole and a 7-foot bell tower. The Veterans Memory Park will be funded by private donations from the community. A committee has been established, chaired by Public Works Director Mike McCollum to raise needed funds for this beautiful memorial. If you wish to donate to the Veterans Memory Park, there are several ways to do so including the purchase of:
· A 4” x 8” engraved brick paver for $200. This brick will include the name of the individual honored; Rank and Branch of Service.
· An 8” x 8” engraved brick paver for $500 that would include name of the individual, Rank, Branch of Service, Conflict, Dates of Service and Hometown or Highest Medal awarded.
· A Brass Plaque mounted on concrete paver for $5,000.
· A Brass Plaque mounted on a memorial bench - $10,000.
· The Engraved Plaque at the Bell Tower - $50,000.
Donations should be made payable to the Veterans Memory Park and sent to City of Ridgeland, P. O. Box 217, Ridgeland, MS 39158. Donations are tax deductible.
Other members of the Veterans Memory Park in Ridgeland Committee include: Max Cathy, Sergeant Major (Ret.), United States Army Reserve; Bill Lee, Alderman, Ward V, City of Ridgeland, Major General (Ret.) Mississippi National Guard; James Peden, Stennett Wilkinson & Peden, P.A., Colonel (Ret.) Mississippi Air National Guard; Don Roberts, Major General (Ret.), Mississippi Air National Guard; D. I. Smith, Alderman-at-Large, City of Ridgeland, Colonel (Ret.) United States Army; John Taylor, Corporal (Ret.), United States Marine Corps; Kristen Beal, Community Relations Specialist, City of Ridgeland; Linda Bynum, Executive Director, City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce; Alan Grant, Architect, Dean and Dean Associates Architects, P.A.; Alan Hart, Director, Community Development, City of Ridgeland; Trent Rhodes, Landscape Architect, Trent Rhodes Landscape Architect, P.A.; Greg Starnes, Trustmark National Bank and 2012 President, City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce.