NETTLETON, Miss. (WTVA)-- For three years, a group of four have worked to bring their idea for a Veterans Park in Nettleton to life.
”We felt like we owed it in this community to the veterans, some kind of identification for their service in those days," said Nettleton Veterans Park Committee member Joe Hester.
But, after receiving the donated land from the city, the group hit a speed bump.
“We got turned down three years in a row for grants,” said Hester.
So, the members of the Nettleton Veterans Park Committee, took matters into their own hands.
“The four of us bit the bullet and started asking our friends for money, and we’ve been successful so far,” said Hester.
Through the help of donations, the committee was able to purchase a nearly 16,500 pound monument that will soon call the park its home.
“It’s four tablets. The four tablets represent World War One, World War 2, Korea, and Future Wars," said Hester.
The back will display the names of those killed in action in those wars including POWs.
“To me it just shows that we do remember [them] for what they did and what they gave,” said Nettleton Veterans Park Committee member Jimmy Young.
Mayor Jimmy Taylor says the city is also getting involved to help expand the other side of the park.
“We wanted to further the park and put in a walking path, a playground for kids, and a splash pad, and just dress it up nice,” said Taylor.
The hope was to have the monument in place by Memorial Day, but that likely won’t happen. Committee members say it’s never too late to honor those who gave the greatest sacrifice while fighting for our freedom.
If you would like to give a donation to help with the completion of the Veteran's Park in Nettleton, you can call 662-213-1087 for details.