New veterans monument in place
by Jennifer Cohron
Oct 28, 2012 | 2297 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A new veterans monument was installed at Cordova High School on Friday morning. The town’s previous monument was located downtown and was destroyed in the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
A new veterans monument was installed at Cordova High School on Friday morning. The town’s previous monument was located downtown and was destroyed in the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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CORDOVA — A new veterans monument was installed at Cordova High School on Friday. It replaces one dedicated in the 1980s that was destroyed in the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.

The previous monument was located downtown next to the former site of People’s Bank.

Larry Thompson, a Vietnam veteran and member of the monument committee, said the decision was made to move the monument to the high school because of uncertainty surrounding the demolition and rebuilding of downtown.

For example, there is a possibility that Main Street will eventually be extended through the People’s Bank parking lot.

“We know the school is going to be here, and we want the kids to see what the price of freedom really is,” Thompson said.

The committee raised approximately $5,000 for the monument. Donations are still being accepted through a fund established at First Bank of Jasper’s Cordova branch.

A variety of individuals have already supported the project by donating funds or services, including the Cordova High School Class of 1953, Lane Ready Mix, Charles Hendon, Patterson Monument Company, 9-year-old Stevie Sargent, Walker County Board of Education member Mike Raines and Walker County Schools Superintendent Jason Adkins.

Members of the monument committee included Thompson, Ed Thompson, Jess “Bug” Reed, Chris Cantrell, Charlie Kuykendall and Beth Tackett.

The monument contains the names of 45 Cordova residents who died in service from World World I through Vietnam.

A dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Veterans Day.