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March 22, 2014

Bricklaying draws large crowd to Veterans Memorial Park in Jasper

Jasper — It was a beautiful morning in Jasper as throngs of people came out to Veterans Memorial Park to place their military memorial bricks around the American flag in the center of the plaza on Saturday, March 22. Hamilton County Veterans Service Officer Sergeant Major Clay Lambert, USMC Retired was on hand to oversee the bricklaying project.

The park is located on U.S. 41 in front of the courthouse annex in Jasper on a 2-1/2 acre parcel of land. With nearly 1,300 veterans in the county, the park is a welcome sight for all who have served in the military, as well as for Hamilton County veterans and the entire community. Although still under construction, the park is shaping up beautifully.

A total of 277 memorial bricks with a lot of familiar surnames have been sold so far, according to Lambert, and many of those who made purchases were at the park Saturday to lay the engraved paver bricks of their loved ones who have served our country in the military.

The bricks, Lambert said, are guaranteed for life by the manufacturer. Once all the bricks have been laid, the crevices in between each one will be leveled and filled in with sand, and then a sealer will be poured on top to help preserve the bricks.

Even though there was no formal ceremony on this day, it didn't keep folks from hanging around a while to catch up with friends and neighbors, as well as marvel at all the work that has been done in the park so far. Many were searching for just the right spot around the plaza to place their bricks and others were trying to keep family members' bricks clustered together. From the Civil War to the War on Terror, every branch of the military is represented around the U.S. Flag.

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