Just in time for Independence Day, the Carthage CAN-DO Over 60 Center has a new display on its wall honoring the veterans who use the services and come to the center or have come in the past.
Just in time for Independence Day, the Carthage C.A.N. D.O. Over 60 Center has a new display on its wall honoring the veterans who use the services and come to the center or have come in the past.
A portion of the wall of the main hall of the center is covered with pictures, newspaper articles and other memorabilia remembering the veterans of the Carthage CAN-DO Center.
Topping these pictures are hand-made wooden letters spelling out "In God We Trust," and "Freedom Isn't Free."
The emblems of the four U.S. military services, Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, also made of varnished wood, hang between the two sentences.
Retired Woodworker Ed Grundy said it was an honor for him to make the letters and emblems for a project he considers important. He spoke at a small ceremony dedicating the wall on Wednesday.
"The people here at the CAN-DO Center wanted something on their wall for the military vets who participate in the center," Grundy said. "With Independence Day coming up, I wanted to get this up before that and we didn't want to forget those who had fallen."
Bob Faulk, Chairman of the Center's board of directors, said as a veteran himself, he thought it was important to remember his fellow servicemen.
"We appreciate Ed's efforts getting this made," Faulk said. "We've got people here who were in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and we want to remember them."
Carthage Mayor Mike Harris was on hand to help dedicate the new wall.
Harris said he and Grundy talked about the wall soon after the city put the statement "In God We Trust," on the wall of the City Council Chambers.
"It's important to remember the vets, and equally important to remember that Freedom isn't Free," Harris said. "Preserving our freedom gets more challenging every day and we cannot do it without the Lord's blessing. Everything we do and everything we have in this country is based on the work of these veterans and it came from their work.
"This country was founded by courageous, brave veterans and we need to honor them, respect them and make sure we continue their heritage."