The new , which will be completed in mid to late 2013, will be at the City Hall complex on Oak Road. The monument will include a wall of veterans, an eternal flame and a waterfall.
The Eternal Flame burned in tribute to the veterans who served in the Vietnam War until 2005, when the memorial was moved to the new city hall.
“As a veteran myself, and being involved in Veteran organizations, I was well aware that the eternal flame meant more to the veterans than the city Fathers realized," said Witts, Snellville's Mayor Pro Tem . "For years, I was part of the ceremony that included placing a wreath on the monument each Memorial Day. But when the monument was moved to its current location and the flame wasn't relit that tradition ended."
Bricks for the memorial went on sale Sept. 1, and officials are now requesting the public's input on a slogan that will appear over the "wall of veterans."
The monument will be paid for through the sale of tiles and bricks.
Everyone on the design and construction team is donating their time, including Chad Alexander Smith of CAS Architecture, Robert McCann of Haines, Gipson and Associates Consulting Engineers and Tommy Hill, owner of .
Hill will create a one-of-a-kind continuous sheet of water that will cascade over a portion of the wall. The fountain will also have LED lighting behind the water that will light the names of the veterans at night.
“The only cost involved is the materials, gas lines and water,” said architect Chad Smith.
Snellville city planner Jon Davis believes the fountain will be a valuable addition to Snellville as it honors veterans from all wars. He believes it will help bring people into the downtown area and contribute aesthetically to the town center.
Each 4x8 personalized brick can be purchased for $120, and can include a veteran’s name, branch of service and years of service or name of the war. Replica bricks can be purchased for an additional $50.
To purchase a brick, visit the Veterans Memorial website.
As of now, a couple of ideas are floating around for the slogan that will appear on the back of the bricks.
- All Gave Some, Some gave All
- Freedom is Never Free
Councilman Tom Witts, who has spearheaded this project, is requesting that Snellville citizens offer ideas for other slogans, or provide input on the two selections already being considered.
So what do you think, Snellville? Tell us in the comments! All suggestions will be considered.