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Snellville Veterans Memorial set for completion next month

A crew from the 3d Concrete Construction Inc., continue building Snellville’s Veterans Memorial outside Snellville City Hall Tuesday. The monument will have an eternal flame, a ‘wall of veterans’ and a waterfall. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

A crew from the 3d Concrete Construction Inc., continue building Snellville’s Veterans Memorial outside Snellville City Hall Tuesday. The monument will have an eternal flame, a ‘wall of veterans’ and a waterfall. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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A crew from the 3d Concrete Construction Inc., continue building Snellville’s Veterans Memorial outside Snellville City Hall Tuesday. The monument will have an eternal flame, a ‘wall of veterans’ and a waterfall. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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A crew from the 3d Concrete Construction Inc., continue building Snellville’s Veterans Memorial outside Snellville City Hall Tuesday. The monument will have an eternal flame, a Էall of veteransՠand a waterfall. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Jose Solorzano from the 3d Concrete Construction Inc., uses a hammer as he and the crew continue building Snellville’s Veterans Memorial outside Snellville City Hall Tuesday. The monument will have an eternal flame, a Էall of veteransՠand a waterfall. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Jose Solorzano from the 3d Concrete Construction Inc., reads the blueprint as he and the crew continue building Snellville’s Veterans Memorial outside Snellville City Hall Tuesday. The monument will have an eternal flame, a Էall of veteransՠand a waterfall. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

Snellville’s Veterans Memorial is beginning to take shape.

While officials had hoped to celebrate the new memorial on Veterans Day last November, the project is now on track for a Memorial Day weekend opening, said Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts

“It’s going to be an emotional day for me,” said Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts, who said that the exact details have not been set. “I’m very big on veterans. To me, people in Hollywood, they get all the glory, but they wouldn’t be where they are without the veterans. The most valuable resource our country has are our veterans.”

The project, which is entirely funded by donations, began after Witts promised to relight the city’s eternal flame, which was extinguished when it was moved to the new city hall site in 2005. After a design was donated by former Councilman Chad Smith, an architect, the project was delayed by the manufacture of the capstone, Witts said, adding that the work began in February on time for the planned May opening.

“All too often, I think we forget about the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country and our way of life. Snellville’s new Veterans Memorial will go a long way towards reminding us by putting our veterans front and center and honoring them,” Councilman Dave Emanuel said of the project. “Everyone who drives through Snellville on Highway 78 will see the memorial and many will stop to read the names and enjoy the setting. This is a world class memorial that will draw people from all over the country. I’m proud to have played a small part in making it a reality.”

Those driving past City Hall and the senior center can now see the structure begin to take shape. The monument will include a “Wall of Veterans,” an eternal flame and a waterfall.

“This memorial will serve as a meditative place for people to sit and reflect on all that our veterans have done for us,” added Councilwoman Barbara Bender. “It has been built by the community and for our community.”