2015-05-09 / Front Page

Person County Veterans Park beginning to take shape

By tim chandler
Courier-Times editor


Members of the Roxboro Fire Department helped get the concrete walkways poured this week at the site of the Person County Veterans Park on Morgan Street. 
tim chandler | courier-times Members of the Roxboro Fire Department helped get the concrete walkways poured this week at the site of the Person County Veterans Park on Morgan Street. tim chandler | courier-times “This is an important step in this project.”

Richard Vining, president of the Person Veterans Council, made that comment Thursday morning as he watched members of the Roxboro Fire Department pour concrete at the Person County Veterans Park on Morgan Street.

The concrete walkways were the next step in construction of the veterans park on countyowned property.

“The more attention we can bring to this, the better off we’re going to be,” Vining said last year when referencing fundraising efforts to complete the project.

He told the Person Board of County Commissioners that donations could be sent to American Legion Post 138, 218 Chub Lake St., Roxboro, N.C. 27573. Vining also said the memo portion of checks for donations should be marked “For Veterans Park.”

According to a description of the veterans’ park provided by the Person Veterans Council, two brick walls will be at the entrance.

“As you enter between the two brick walls, you go left on a fourfoot wide sidewalk that turns to the right onto another four-footwide sidewalk,” the description read. “On the left side of the sidewalk is a bench that backs up to the buffer landscaping. On the right side of the sidewalk is a granite block describing the American Revolutionary War.”

The park will also include additional benches and granite blocks with information regarding various wars. It will contain a sculpture of the world globe, an Army artillery piece, and a sculpture of the Combat Cross (boots, rifle and helmet) as well.

The park will also feature a granite block honoring Private Robert Lester Blackwell, a Person County native and World War I soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor.

“In addition, there will be four upright granite blocks with the names of supporters of the park [who] qualify for special recognition,” the description read.

The very back of the park will feature a long wall displaying the seals of the five service branches, plus the Merchant Marine. Behind the wall will be three flagpoles bearing the U.S. flag, the N.C. flag and the POW/ MIA flag.

More information can be obtained by phoning (336) 322-3122 or (336) 583-9465; or via email at roxpost138@gmail.com or rbvining@gmail.com.

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