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Dirt turning for Veterans Park

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Earth was turned Feb. 19 / submitted photo

LEBANON -- The much anticipated Wilson County Veterans Park began Phase One of three construction phases Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The park is located next the Wilson County Courthouse on East Main Street and will be a place to commemorate local veterans.

“It is a wonderful sight to see construction on a park that will honor our locals and also be used as a place to teach our youth about history,” County Mayor Randall Hutto said. “We are still looking for funding and donations for phases two and three.  We are very optimistic and are grateful for the abundance of community support.”

The completion of all phases will include a memorial park, offices for the Veterans Services and a Museum of local memorabilia.

They are currently looking for donations, both monetary and material.  They lack $500,000 for the final stages of the project.

Bricks and sponsorship spots are still available for the park.  They are a great way to honor a loved one and the prices start at $100 for memorial bricks. Also, Silver, Gold and Platinum sponsorships are available.

Corporate sponsorships are a wonderful way to show appreciation and community support.

Wilson Bank & Trust, Kenwal Steel and Lochinvar have taken advantage of the sponsorship opportunity.  

Donations are also accepted in any amount.  Donors who contribute will be honored on a donor plaque located inside of the museum.  

“Hopefully by Memorial Day the first phase will be complete and we will celebrate the holiday in a new location,” Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash said.

For questions regarding the park or making a donation, contact the Veterans Service office at 444-2460 or visit them at the Wilson County Courthouse located at 228 East Main Street in Lebanon.

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