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New Madrid Park will pay honor to veterans

Sunday, March 7, 2010

NEW MADRID - General Douglas McArthur told a joint session of Congress in 1951: "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."

But New Madrid County is working to ensure the memories of those who served in the nation's Armed Forces don't fade away. Fundraising continues for a Veterans Park, which will honor all of those from the county, who served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

A project begun by the River Bend Botanical Society, the park will be located next to the Higgerson School historic site on Main Street in New Madrid. Already dirt is in place for leveling and planting for the park, which will feature black granite monuments; the U.S., Missouri, POW, KIA flags; benches; walkways and more.

"This is our tribute to our New Madrid County veterans and military personnel," said Pam Lloyd, president of the Botanical Society. "The black granite monuments will be lasting memorials to those throughout New Madrid County, who have served our country."

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