Ground breaking ceremony held Memorial Day for Veterans Memorial Park of Jackson County

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — After months of planning and discussions, Jackson County is coming together to break ground on its Veterans Memorial Park.

Monday morning, ground was officially broken in the next step of what has been a long process to bring an idea to a reality. The plan is to build a Veterans Memorial Park on a stretch of land adjacent to the local VFW and American Legion posts in Scottsboro. The idea stemmed from a Korean War era tank that sits on the property. “We have a rather ambitious project, we’re going to undertake this in phases as we’re able to do so,” says The Veterans Memorial Park of Jackson County, Inc. President Jack Livingston.

The park will boast military displays and a memorial for each branch of service. The memorials will list people from Jackson County who made the ultimate sacrifice. “It’s a place where people can come, a place where people can reflect, on those who have served and those who will serve,” Livingston says.

A non-profit organization is established for the park, and numerous donations have poured in. The project’s estimated cost is about $500,000 and donations are needed to help get there.

The community can add their own touch to the park by buying a paver, and the proceeds will go to the park. You can mail or bring donations, which are tax-deductible, to 1616 Heroes Drive, Scottsboro, AL. 35768. You can also email VMPJC@scottsboro.org or call 256-999-0120 for more information.

The project is expected to get underway in the next two months.