MILLINGTON, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Those who wore the nation’s uniform will now be forever honored in a new project which opened in Millington.
Friday morning, organizers held a ribbon cutting at the new Veterans Plaza on Easley Street.
Organizers said the plaza will be a powerful and prideful reminder that freedom isn’t free, and the space will forever show respect to those in this area who answered the call and served their country.
The plaza isn’t far from Millington’s Naval Air Station.
Planners said the idea for the plaza first came about in 2013 with some rough ideas. Those ideas eventually became a reality on the 12-acre area, honoring veterans from all five branches in Millington and throughout Shelby County.
The day was especially significant for the only World War II veteran able to attend, and his younger brother, the Millington city manager.
“’I’m thankful that we are still keeping our peace and freedom in our country and anything like that is thrilling to me,” World War II Veteran Ammon Haley said.
“It’s just great to be an American and for the freedom that we enjoy, and we want to honor the people that helped us to preserve that,” Millington City Manager Ed Haley said.
The project is expected to also include walking trails and a theater in the next five years when it’s fully built out.
So far, the Veterans Plaza was completed through a mix of public and private dollars.