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Daniels' fiddle to be raffled for Veterans Park

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{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=5|imageid=498|displayname=0|float=left}The winning ticket will be drawn on the final day of the fair around 8 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 25. Ash noted the winner does not have to be present in order to win, those who purchase tickets will provide their name and phone number on a card and the winner will be notified.

Plans for the park and museum were unveiled on Memorial Day this year, with the design efforts of five local architects being shown to the public. The county is hoping to build the park and museum strictly from donations to avoid using taxpayer money.

Ash said they have raised approximately $14,000 through T-shirt sales and bricks to go into a veterans wall on-site. Ash said they would encourage anyone buying a raffle ticket to also consider making a donation or purchase a brick in honor of a veteran.

The center of the park will be a large star-shaped fountain, the American flag in the center, with each point of the star representing the five branches of military service. Each branch is to have its flag displayed at the points of the star with granite slabs containing the names of any Wilson County citizens who have served in those branches.

The museum will border Cherry Street and contain artifacts and memorabilia on display as well as information about the conflicts in which local residents have served. The north wall of the museum will be a full window to look out onto an eternal flame to be built in the northeast corner of the property.

The total estimated cost of the park and museum is $1.5 million.

Local residents may contribute to the park and museum fund by purchasing T-shirts or bricks that range in size and price. Bricks may be purchased in memory of a fallen veteran, honoring all veterans or in general support of those who serve.

Weve sold a lot of bricks and mostly to veterans, so were really proud of that, Ash said.

Bricks range from 4-inches-by-8-inches at $200, 8-inches-by-8-inches for $350, 8-inches-by-16-inches for $600 and 12-inches-by-12-inches for $800. Individuals may also purchase a 4-inch-by-8-inch plaque for a Wall of Honor for $100. T-shirts are on sale for $20.

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