A fallen soldiers memorial monument in Philadelphia , destroyed by an EF- 1 tornado in April of 2019, will soon be replaced.
The Neshoba County Fallen Soldiers Monument Committee is getting ready to make room for the new fallen soldiers memorial monument in Deweese Park.
Next week the committee will remove the old monuments and debris from the park in order to begin working on the project.
Chairman of the committee Ray Crocker tells Twin States the big plan to not only upgrade the monument, but also the park.
“We’re going to be able to put a monument with a big plaza, that will be totally handicap accessible and everything where that people can use, so we felt like it would be better.”
“Looked at all monuments all over the united states and we finally decided to the monument we have picked is going to be the best for this park”, said Ray Crocker, chairman of the committee.
The monument itself is going to cost $100,000.
But in order to help fund the project they are selling engraved bricks to people in the surrounding areas– that will be placed in the park.
“We’re going to have a place set aside to put bricks that we’re selling to raise money to build this monument, we’re selling them for any purpose. We going to put all the people that buy brinks and pavers for the service members down next to the monuments” , said Crocker.
Crocker shares that the goal of this project is more than just beautification of the park.
“Our goal is to put something back that would be good or better than what we had here before, you know, we don’t need to have anybody spill a drop of blood for our country and us not honor them for that”, said Crocker.
Now that they are moving forward with this project Crocker says that he hopes for the monument to be erected by may this year.