INDIAN TRAIL – The Union West Rotary has donated $21,500 toward the construction of the Indian Trail Veterans Memorial Garden.
The memorial is expected to open by spring in front of Indian Trail Town Hall. It will give veterans and their families a place to gather while serving as an educational opportunity for children throughout the region.
“One of the reasons we have stepped up is we are tired of people not understanding how to respect the flag, how to respect the National Anthem, and that they don’t understand that freedom isn’t free,” Rotary President Larry Helms told the council during the Dec. 11 meeting.
Union West Rotary hopes to encourage schools to visit the memorial so students can learn from educational plaques around the structure’s perimeter. The memorial will include plaques representing veterans who have served.
Anyone interested in purchasing a plaque in honor of a loved one who served should call town hall at 704-821-5401.
“It’s hard to put into words how much we appreciate the support of Union West Rotary for this project,” Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez said. “Not only their financial support, but also their support in including the community in this very important process. The Indian Trail Veterans Memorial Garden is something that all our residents should be able to enjoy and know that they played a large part in making it happen.”