Buckhorn High School dedicates Veterans Memorial

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A years-long project finally unveiled. Monday morning, faculty and students celebrated the dedication of the Buckhorn High School Veterans Memorial.

"It feels really great as a school and as a community for us to be able to do this for our community," said student Grayson Lester, a JROTC Cadet Battalion Commander who led the ceremony. "It's awesome, just really awesome."

The idea for the memorial came about by a former JROTC cadet. More than a year and a half later it is finally complete.

While it is meant as a way to honor local veterans, principal Todd Markham  hopes it will lead more students to think about the sacrifices made in war throughout the country's history.

"I felt like if nothing else came from it it was an opportunity to bring awareness to our kids that they the liberties you enjoy aren't free," said Markham.

Senator Bill Holtzclaw spoke at the dedication, followed by recognition for the businesses and people who helped make the memorial a reality.

The project cost more than $30,000 funded by the JROTC and community donations.