• Members of the New Century Veterans memorial meet with the one of the owners of Willis Granite Company, Linda Willis Morris, whose father helped design the original wall on Wednesday at the courthouse and went over the relative concrete for the sub-foundation and concrete work scheduling for the memorial. Shown from l-r are Knox Bishop, Daniel De La Cruz, Debra Stamper, Ronnie Stephens, Louis Pitcock III, John Bullock, Reta McCallum, Tim Odom and Morris. (Leader photo by Thomas Wallner)

New Century Veterans Memorial closer to funds goal

The Young County New Veterans Memorial has almost achieved their goal of $125,000, receiving a matching grant of $12,000 recently from the L.F. and Carla Perry Foundation, but the organization is still looking for donations.

The Young County New Century Veterans Memorial Project is a nonprofit project to raise funding for the design and construction of an expansion to the current Young County Veterans Memorial. The wall will honor veterans who have served in the military since 2001.

“The Young County businesses, citizens, and veterans who have given and are giving so generously are the reason all can rest assured that the Young County legacy of honoring our veterans stays alive,” NVCM Chairman Reta McCallum said in a press release. “Those who have been planning to demonstrate their support or those who are just now learning of the NCVM Project need to know -- the time for action is now.”

The project will add eight new granite sections with room for an additional 2,400 names, making it open for new names to be added over the decades to come. The dedication for the new memorial is set for July 4 at the memorial site on the Young County Courthouse lawn.

On April 13, 148 names were submitted to the granite company for engraving and in two weeks on May 1, will be the deadline for plaque sponsorships. The sponsorships help support the wall financially and keep the wall design consists with that of the existing Young County veterans memorial.

The organization met with the one of the owners of Willis Granite Company, Linda Willis Morris, whose father helped design the original wall on Wednesday at the courthouse and went over the relative concrete for the sub-foundation and concrete work scheduling for the memorial. The sub-foundation will be poured in the final week of May for the memorial wall and the war dog memorial and on June 4, Willis Granite Company will deliver and install both.

For more information about the project contact McCallum at 817-300-3777 or on Facebook at NewCenturyVeteransMemorial.

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