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Officials to break ground on veterans memorial in Snellville

A sketch shows the Snellville Veterans Memorial, which officials will break ground on later this month. It is due for completion by Veterans Day.

A sketch shows the Snellville Veterans Memorial, which officials will break ground on later this month. It is due for completion by Veterans Day.

SNELLVILLE — Before the fireworks this Labor Day weekend, officials in Snellville plan to break ground on a new Veterans Memorial.

The members of the nonprofit Snellville Veterans Memorial Committee announced a 7 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 31, as a precursor for Snellville’s Star Spangled fireworks program, which was rescheduled after a rainy Independence Day.

The memorial is intended to fulfill a promise from Councilman Tom Witts to re-light the city’s eternal flame, which was extinguished when a new City Hall opened in 2005.

Designed by former Councilman Chad Smith and funded through donations and the sales of memorial bricks and tiles, the memorial will be located next to the senior center, near the corner of Oak Road and U.S. Highway 78.

With a dedication planned for Veterans’ Day weekend in November, officials said all bricks and tiles purchased before Oct. 1 will be installed before the ceremony.

Members of the committee include Witts, a Navy combat veteran, Smith, former Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender, Bob McCann, an engineering specialist who is a West Point graduate, and Tommy Hill, a water feature specialist who is an Army combat veteran.

For more information or to purchase a memorial brick or tile, go to www.snellvilleveteransmemorial.org or call 770/891-1612.