HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The community gathered at the Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial Saturday morning, for the dedication of three new monuments.
They unveiled the second of two statues, the Courage Statue. Local veterans and servicemen modeled for the statue that has been over a year in the making.
The Eternal Flame was lit in remembrance of the prisoners of war and those missing in action.
Members of the Veterans Memorial Foundation say the project has been 12 years in the making and they are happy to see how the community has embraced the project.
“The citizens have adopted this memorial as their own. There’s not a time I drive by that I don’t see somebody here,” said Bob Dolet, co-chair of the Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation. “This is a military town. Always has been, always will be.”
To close the ceremony, the time capsule was lowered into the ground, where it will rest for the next 50 years. Pieces of the Berlin Wall, medals, flags, and photos of generations of Madison County servicemen and women are inside the time capsule, that will be unearthed in 2062.
While the major projects are complete, the memorial should completely finished by Spring of 2013.