Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — In just a few short weeks a small community collected enough money to honor their war veterans.
A new veterans memorial was erected Thursday morning in the Tower Hill Village Park. On it are inscribed 108 names from World War I through the current Middle East wars.
“We started taking donations on September 13 during our Fall Festival,” said Jim Perdue, one of the organizers. “By September 29 we had enough for a down payment and by October 15 it was paid off.”
The stone is 6 feet tall, 3 feet wide, and 1 foot thick. The cost was nearly $3,800.
With the approval of the Village Trustees, veterans and local families worked together to make the dream of the memorial a reality. Perdue chose the design for the black marble stone which commemorates the five branches of service, the American flag and an etched photo of a soldier. The inscriptions on front read, “Dedicated to all veterans”, “America Land of the Free because of the Brave”, and “Always on Guard”. On back is inscribed, “Lest we forget Freedom is not Free” along with the branch symbols and the veterans names.
Especially noteworthy in the list of names is Delbert Cox who was killed in Belgium during World War II and Jack Punches who was killed in the terrorist attacks of 9-11 at the Pentagon.
“All our veterans deserve all the recognition they can get,” Perdue said. He thanked Pyramid Marble and Granite Company of Effingham and Brett White of the Shelbyville office.
Names and donations will continue to be collected. Contact Perdue at 565-3756 or Curtis McDonald at 567-3170.