The American Veterans Memorial will be dedicated Nov. 10 in Ash Flat. The ceremony culminates more than two years of planning and construction on the $250,000 monument.
The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. The memorial is on Nix Ridge Road adjacent to the Ash Flat Ball Park. The street is off Highway 62/412 between Wal-Mart and Ultimate Car Wash.
Congressman Marion Berry will speak, as will Ash Flat Mayor Brien Nix Hall and author Douglas Todd, a former Marine who served during Vietnam, according to Carlota Carver, program chairman.
The event will also include the raising of the American flag and the flags of the branches of the military, patriotic music, and the unveiling of each section of the monument. Refreshments will also be served.
Bronze statues are expected to arrive Nov. 9, with installation taking place well into the night, according to Carver. "We're biting our nails and hoping the rain will stop," she said.
The complete story of how the memorial came about, beginning with Leonard Holden's vision, is told by Areawide Media writer Chris Wulff in a special Veterans Day magazine inserted in this issue.
Other Veterans Day stories are also found in the magazine, which includes brief biographies of dozens of American veterans and Americans still serving in uniform.
The biographies of additional veterans, turned in after the magazine went to press, are found on page 4 of The South Missourian News.
The magazine-format insert is the first of what Areawide plans to publish on a regular basis starting in 2007, according to Publisher Janie Flynn.
Additional copies of the Veterans Salute magazine will be available while they last for $1 apiece at Areawide Media's offices in Salem, Highland and Thayer.