One of the many goals of the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial is to honor and pay tribute to all veterans. That goal is already being achieved, but there is much more to come. Phase two is underway and there will be several additions.
On Saturday morning, dozens of veterans gathered at Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home to get an update on phase two of the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial.
Bob Drolet, Brigadier General, USA (Ret) and co-chair for the memorial, says they set out to create something great.
“From the beginning, we had a complex memorial in our mind to be designed and built,” explains Drolet. “That’s because we look at Huntsville as one of the most patriotic towns."
Phase two will include an eternal flame and a courage statue, modeled after real veterans. There will also be an educational walkway that includes seven kiosks for visitors to learn about previous wars. A time capsule containing donated artifacts will be added as well. Drolet says it's worked out to be exactly what they wanted.
“We thought it was only deserving with the number of veterans in this area to build a memorial that will be a hollowed pace for these veterans to come, sit and be recognized,” says Drolet.
Lt. General Richard Formica, Commanding General for the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command on Redstone Arsenal, attended Saturday's briefing and is excited about what's to come.
"The Huntsville Madison County Memorial is national class,” says Formica. “You would find it on the national mall in Washington, D.C., but it's not. It's right here and it's a tremendous testament to the support that this community provides to its veterans and to its serving soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and civilians."
The goal is to have phase two of the memorial fully paid for by Veterans Day in November. Drolet says they're still trying to raise around $150,000. You can help by making a donation or buying a brick paver.