Representatives for the American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park addressed the Grayson County Fiscal Court about the project, which is slated for completion next May.
Joyce Mudd, a local military wife and mother, expressed her personal goal to help “make what was once a dream a reality” with the creation of this memorial park. “Our veterans deserve that,” Mudd said.
She explained that this project, which is a joint effort between American Legion Post 81 and the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce, will serve as a way for Grayson County veterans’ stories to be told and remembered.
“Every name, every person, should be honored in the park.”
Shane Thomas, Commander of American Legion Post 81, went on to say that he first had the idea for a local memorial after visiting Veteran’s Park in Elizabethtown.
“A lot of Grayson County people have given their lives for their country, served their country,” he said, adding that the project’s goal is to “leave a footprint for our children.”
The park will be located off of the William Thomason Bypass in Leitchfield, and will come at a total cost of around $215,000. Donations are already coming in to offset those costs, and pavers are being sold with engraved names of local servicemen and women.
The eight-inch by eight-inch pavers can be purchased by the general public at a cost of $250 each, and will be displayed in the park.
Mudd and Thomason asked the Fiscal Court for their help in making community members aware of the project and the opportunity to memorialize their family members and friends who have served our country.
The pair also explained that the goal is to get as many paver applications as possible in by Nov. 15 in order to keep the project going and more easily plan to place pavers from the same families together in the final construction.
Judge Executive Gary Logsdon, who heads up the Fiscal Court, promised to “look at the budget and do everything we can to support [the project.]”
Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.