THE LATEST: The project is worth $1.5 million and will be completed in two phases, City Manager Anthony Snipes said. City officials and staff are engaging in fundraising efforts to include residents, foundations and corporate partnerships to fund the memorial. Former Council Member Don Smith spearheaded this project, according to the foundation.
“This project is so important because it honors a segment of the population that has given so much to this country,” Smith said in a statement from the city. “This memorial is our way of letting these service men and women know how much we appreciate what they’ve done for the country.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Timing of construction depends on fundraising progress, and no definite dates have been set, Media Relations Specialist Cory Stottlemyer said. City officials plan to pay for the project entirely through donations, and the goal is to complete fundraising by June 2018, he said.
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