Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's office recently sent out a mailing to members of all three local chambers of commerce seeking support for the ongoing Wilson County Veterans Park project.
"The community support has been overwhelming," Hutto said. "We have an amazing park, and we are on track to enhance it with a museum to honor and educate our citizens."
Hutto, along with his staff and the Wilson County Veterans Service Office, worked diligently to contact more than 1,500 chamber members for donations. The effort was one of many ways the county has collected money for the park and plaza.
"We reached out to the chamber members, knowing they are all very involved with the community,"
Hutto explained. "This effort was a target audience; however, we welcome any business or person who would like to be a part of this process. We have a goal set, and we are happy that so far we have received more than $9,000 from the chamber mail-out."
Donations came from Wilson County Motors, Lebanon Comfort Inn, Ascend Federal Credit Union, Comfort Suites Mt. Juliet, Dr. Jane Bacon, Whitt's BBQ, Doris Gorman, Cumberland Animal Hospital, Backyard Living LLC, R&M Printing, Goodall Homes, Proshine, Market Basket Liquors, Jeff and Terry Hallums and Sunset Restaurant. Donations ranged from a personal check to materials, labor and sponsorships.
The veterans service office will also soon host its annual Honor Ride for Veterans and, new this year, a vterans fish fry to help offset the cost of the park and museum.
"Our veteran community is strong in their beliefs of the need for the park and museum," Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash said. "These events not only bring them all together, but it also shows how much pride they take in being American."
The 3rd Annual Honor Ride for Veterans will be held on Saturday, June 20 at the Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the ride begins at 10:30 a.m. The ride will traverse the county's backroads and will end at the agricultural center with food, music and door prizes.
The fish fry is planned for July 25 and will also be hosted at the agricultural center. All proceeds will benefit the Veterans Park fund.
To become involved with the Veterans Park project, sign up for an event or make a donation, contact the Wilson County Veterans Service Office at 615-444-2460 or visit the Wilson County Courthouse at 228 East Main Street in Lebanon.