Veterans War Memorial Fund drive kicks off Saturday

The Elizabethton/Carter County Veterans War Memorial Committee will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Community Room of the Elizabethton Public Library to officially kick off the drive to raise $125,000 in donations and in-kind contributions to build the memorial.
   Congressman Bill Jenkins (R-1st), State Sen. Rusty Crowe, State Rep. Ralph Cole and representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam War Veterans, Marine Corps Reserves, Military Order of the Purple Heart and former Prisoners of War are among those invited to participate.
   Deacon Bowers, committee chairman, said the response from veterans, their family and others in the community has been extreme positive.
   The Veterans War Memorial Park will be constructed at the corner of Pine Street and Elk Avenue in downtown Elizabethton. Names of 187 Carter Countians who died in combat in all wars will be inscribed on granite stones in the memorial.
   A brochure containing the names of those to be inscribed on the memorial is being distributed as part of the fund-raising effort. "This project is something all residents can be proud of and will be a permanent reminder of those who made the supreme sacrifice for our country," Bowers said.
   Tax deductible donations for the memorial should be sent to the Office of Finance Director, Elizabethton City Hall, 136 S. Sycamore St., Elizabethton, TN 37643. The City of Elizabethton has established a special account for the Veterans War Memorial Park Fund.
   In addition to Bowers, Sen. Crowe and Rep. Cole, other members of the committee are Jeanette Hitchcock, Roy Merryman, David Ornduff, Bob Robinson, Sara Sellers and Sam Shipley.