Friday, April 27, 2012

Dixie Vietnam Vets memorial to be re-dedicated

The Southwest Government Center is a fixture on Dixie Highway offering services to residents in many areas with a LMPD substation and rooms for community meetings. The Metro Council’s Southwest Government office is located there. The Center also is a special place for area veterans.

On Sunday, April 29th it will have an enhanced distinction in the community as a place to remind everyone of the brave men and women who serve our country now and those who have sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom. “Anyone who has driven past the Southwest Government Center has seen Jefferson County’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “ says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12). “Now, they will have a new reminder of the men and women who keep our country safe from harm.”

This Sunday, April 29th, the Government Center will hold a special ceremony to rededicate the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and officially dedicate a new companion monument for those who are listed as “Missing In Action” from Jefferson County. The ceremony will also highlight five new flag poles which will fly the proud flags of each branch of the United States military. “It is a wonderful tribute to the men and women who wear the uniform of our country,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13).” It will serve as a reminder to all that we are a nation of freedom and liberty.”

The flag poles were donated to the Government Center by Craig & Landreth, Bob Montgomery, Sam Swope and Neil Huffman automotive dealerships and the Veterans Committee of United Auto Workers Local 862. The special ceremony is being organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts 1170, 5421 and 1181.

“This Sunday, we will be reminded of the sacrifices many have made in service to our country,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25). “It is our opportunity to say thank you and remember that our freedom is secured by those who are willing to step up to serve.”

The re-dedication ceremony will get underway at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 29th. The Southwest Government Center is located at 7219 Dixie Highway.

1 comment:

  1. Please keep in mind that Steve Gilespie has contributed so many hours to beautify this area. He has worked tirelessly getting this area prepared. I photographed this man paitning the curb with spray paint. Kudos to Mr. Gilespie. A veteran and a brother in arms.