INDIAN TRAIL – Town leaders will unveil the Indian Trail Veterans Memorial Garden on Memorial Day.
The Town of Indian Trail partnered on the project with Foreign Wars Post 2423 of Indian Trail. The memorial is designed to give local veterans and their families a place to gather and reflect. It will also be used as an educational opportunity for children throughout the region.
“I think the memorial is long overdue,” Mayor Michael Alvarez said. “It definitely will be a very big value add to this town and be able to allow us to honor our veterans in the very best way we know how.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony takes place 7:45 p.m. May 27 at Indian Trail Town Hall, 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road. The program is scheduled to last about 80 minutes.
It is packed with patriotic gestures, including a raising of the flags for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. There’s also the National Anthem, 21-gun salute, taps and memorial lighting.
Timothy Woods, commander of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, will offer some remarks, as well.
The memorial was funded in part by plaques used to memorialize loved ones who served in the Armed Forces.
The Union West Rotary donated $21,500 toward the construction of the garden.
“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,” Union West Rotary President Larry Helms said in December.
Others donating money include Pyramid Masonry, RD Harrell Co., The Moser Group, Ty-Par Realty, Austin Property, Austin Property, The Heritage Neighbors, B&B Electronic, Pressly Animal Hospital and Woodforest National Bank, Waste Connections, Sno-Ball Cabin, Site One and FX Luminaire.