Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – The Military Order of Purple Heart and Corinth’s Modern Woodmen organization are soliciting donations and orders of memorial bricks for the monument to combat wounded veterans to be placed on Alcorn County Courthouse grounds.
MOPH Chapter 813 Cmdr. Louis Harris said the chapter has received a donation of 5,000 bricks that will memorialize Purple Heart recipients as well as other veterans people want to honor.
“The inner circle of pavers next to the monument will be for those who received the Purple Heart,” Harris said. “However, anyone can buy a brick to honor any veteran, and those will be placed in the outer circle around the monument.”
Harris and Steven Eaton of Modern Woodmen are spearheading the project. Eaton’s father also is a Purple Heart recipient.
Eaton presented a proposal to the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors in November asking for and receiving their approval to place a monument on the northeast corner of the courthouse grounds.
The city of Corinth also has adopted a resolution designating Corinth as a Purple Heart City.
“Alcorn County has 7,600 veterans, and the Purple Heart represents combat wounded or killed in action and includes a cross-section of all the armed services,” Harris said.
Brick pavers are being sold for $50 each. However, a number of businesses, including Modern Woodmen, have made significant donations to make the monument possible, and donations of any amount are welcome, Harris said.