New book, “The Making of a Memorial” will raise money for new statue at Huntsville Veterans Memorial

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - “It tells of the courage, sacrifice and duty of all Americans in the military,” said David Carney, Co-Author and Publisher of “The Making of a Memorial.”

The walls at the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial list the names of local servicemen and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

There are 366 names in total. Those names have been given life once more through “their pictures, their stories are in there written by their family members,” said Carney.

David Carney co-authored the book with John Perry.

“The Making of a Memorial” took Carney and his co-author John Perry a year to write. He says the stories inside these pages are emotional.

“I have trouble reading them out loud because they're just gut wrenching. Very emotional stories,” said Carney.

"The Making of a Memorial" will raise money for a new statue to be installed at the Huntsville Veterans Memorial.

Some are written by the smallest hands. “Dear Daddy. I love you and miss you very much. I know I was only a baby when you went to war, but I've learned a lot about you and some things I just know from inside,'' read Carney. “I promise I’ll never forget you.”

Their hope is that through these stories they’ll be able to tell one more: the story of the first responder. Their goal is to add a memorial dedicated to this type of hero in the park.

This is a model of the new statue, which will be dedicated to first responders.

The book is $49. Proceeds will go toward the building of a first responder’s statue.

The book will go on sale on Thursday, April 6 at Below the Radar from 4 until 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 8 at the Veterans Memorial from 10 a.m. until Noon.