City of Lebanon lawmakers recently voted unanimously to support the contribution of $80,000 to the Wilson County Veteran's Plaza Museum.
To kick off the campaign, a check was presented to Dakota Weatherford, representing Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, and Lebanon City Councilor and Wilson County Veteran's Service Officer Bernie Ash.
Located adjacent to the Wilson County Courthouse, the Veteran's Plaza Museum and park is a tribute to the men and women who have served the United States both past and present. Phase One of the Veteran's Park was completed last year, and the park includes an eternal flame, POW-MIA monument, a star-shaped fountain, monuments for all branches of the military and several flagpoles. Phases two and three include the offices and museum.
"We invest in our community in many ways - from ballparks, walking trails to the senior citizens center and the Jimmy Floyd Family Center, which are all important," Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said. "But remembering our heritage and being thankful for those who have sacrificed their time, or ultimately their life, for the freedoms we have today is important to our community.
"We cannot underestimate the importance of the project for future generations to come and to reinforce the importance of understanding our history," he added.
The City of Lebanon has challenged its sister communities to assist in helping raise additional funds from private donations with anticipated contributions totaling $250,000. An opportunity to donate to the Veteran's Plaza Museum will be on July 4 at the City of Lebanon's Celebration at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, starting at 4:30 p.m.
"Stations will be set up around the fairgrounds so that you will have the opportunity to give back and donate to the fund; no donation is too small," Craighead said.