A groundbreaking ceremony has been set for the Snellville Veterans Memorial on Labor Day weekend, according to a news release from Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts.
The memorial, which has been in the works for two years and had its plans passed by the city council last week, will be a water fountain surrounded by a wall near the corner of Oak Road and Stone Mountain Highway. It also will have feature such as an eternal flame, unique lighting and an expansive footprint, according to the release.
A major part of the project is the donations and sales of memorial bricks and tiles that has completely funded the making of the memorial. More than $45,000 has been pledged so far, and the bricks and tiles will be installed in the memorial.
The groundbreaking will take place Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. at the memorial site, adjacent to the Snellville senior center. It will be held in conjunction with the postponed Star Spangled Snellville celebration from Independence Day.
A dedication ceremony also is scheduled for the weekend of Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11.
Members of the Snellville Veterans Committee include Chairman Tom Witts,
Snellville mayor pro tem and a navy combat veteran; Vice-Chair Chad Smith of CAS
Architecture and former city councilman; Secretary/Treasurer Barbara Bender
of Hamilton Financial, a CPA and former mayor pro tem; Bob McCann, a West Point
graduate and engineering specialist with Haines Gipson Engineering; and Tommy
Hill, an army combat veteran and water feature specialist with Serenity Ponds.