A large flagpole has been installed at a cemetery in Tennessee as part of a new memorial honoring veterans and first responders.
Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville, Tennessee installed the flagpole at the center of their new memorial in hopes that the new space will act as a meeting place for veterans groups and a peaceful location for veterans to sit and reflect.
“We have a lot of veterans buried here in Greenwood from every war back to 1872, and of course we have Fort Campbell here. said Greenwood Cemetery office manager Dana Koverman to Clarksville Now.
Our managing trustee, Mr. Paul Schaaf, was in the army during the Vietnam War. It is something he has always had needling around. He just finally said, ya know what, we have the space to do this, and started pulling everybody together.”
The project would not have been possible without the help of local businesses, including Hollis Trucking, who donated gravel, Screaming Eagle, who donated concrete for the sidewalk, and Jeff Perry, who helped in paving the location.
“We are very grateful to the community for stepping up and making this a joint project to honor those who protect us,” said Koverman.
Now all that’s left to do now is add four handicap parking spaces to ensure the location is fully accessible.
Greenwood Cemetery plans to hold an unveiling ceremony in the fall, but an official date has not been set at this time.