What to see and doVeteran's Memorial Park
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VETERANS MEMORIAL OF MACON COUNTY
The Veterans Memorial of Macon County was built to honor all Veterans of all Wars. It was born in the minds of a few veterans who had been wanting to see a memorial especially created to honor those who gave their all for our country. In 2007, a group of 12 volunteer veterans formed a committee to develop the park.
The Macon County Commissioners made available 2/3 of an acre of the existing recreation park and renamed it the, “The Veterans Memorial Recreation Park,”. Funds and services were provided by Macon County, the Town of Franklin and the Town of Highlands. Additional funding, labor, materials and design were provided by the American Legion Post 108, the VFW Post 7339, private individuals and local businesses.
Over 200 volunteers participated in the construction of the park. This memorial represents the love that the community has for all its veterans. The building of this memorial had much to do with the Vietnam Veterans organizing a local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter.
The park was dedicated on July 4, 2009. A large granite Eagle and American flag leads to individual walkways with monuments representing all six branches of service. Alongside the walkways are Honor Bricks showing the names of the veterans that served in that branch. There are over 1400 bricks in the walkways that have been funded through donations.
The park has an area representing all wars fought in our history plus a brick area specifically honoring Macon County veterans who were killed in action. There is also a flag pole and brick area that honors KIA/MIA/POW veterans and a plaque for GOLD STAR families.
Visit the memorial anytime. It is always open to the public. Honor bricks may be purchased for any veteran. All donations will be used for continued maintenance and upkeep. Commemorative brick application forms are available at the memorial park or by contacting:
Veterans Memorial of Macon County
c/o American Legion
P.O. Box 474
Franklin, NC 28744