Veterans' Memorial Park
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In early 2004, the five Ruritan Clubs of Franklin County (Burnt Chimney, Callaway, Crossroads, Redwood, and Waids-boro), led by The Burnt Chimney Ruritan Club, decided to create a Veterans' Memorial Park in Franklin County. Each Ruritan club contributed $500 to get the project started.
The next step in the process was finding a suitable location. The Rocky Mount Town Council supported the project and provided an undeveloped parcel along the Pigg River on Scuffling Hill Road. The Franklin County Board of Supervisors made a sizeable contribution.
In the beginning, the five Ruritan Clubs estimated it would take a budget of $25,000 to complete the project. However, the Clubs soon realized that even with the Town and County's support, and several donations by local merchants of money, services, and labor, a much larger budget was needed. Through the generosity of the community and local businesses, as well as the teamwork of the Ruritan Clubs, Town, and County, the Franklin County Veteran's Memorial Park became a reality in November 2005. Currently, the project is in excess of $150,000 and is still expanding on a regular basis.
Today, the Veterans' Memorial Park is a tranquil reminder of the honor, courage, and sacrifice of those who served and/or lost their lives while preserving our freedoms. The Memorial has a central monument which lists the names of the area's fallen soldiers and the conflicts that claimed their lives. Surrounding the central monument are brick pavers honoring hundreds of local veterans. Presently, there are 1,000 paving bricks with room for approximately 1,000 more. Bricks are ordered two times per year to be installed before Memorial Day and Veterans' Day.
In November 2006, the Rocky Mount Town Council approved a resolution establishing the Franklin County Veterans' Memorial Commission, whose purpose is to plan, direct and coordinate the management of donations, sales of memorial bricks, and maintenance of the memorial, with continuing emphasis on the intent to pay honor and respect to the veterans of Franklin County, by ensuring an attractive and beautiful place for its citizens and visitors.
Memorial bricks are available in two sizes: 4" x 8" bricks hold 3 lines of text with a maximum of 18 letters or spaces per line; 8" x 8" bricks hold 5 lines of text with a maximum of 18 letters or spaces per line.
For additional questions, please call the Community Development Office at (540) 483-0907 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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