Purple Heart monument design, placement approved

djournal-alcorn-countyBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Military Order of the Purple Heart soon will have a monument dedicated to Purple Heart recipients placed on the grounds of the Alcorn County courthouse.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday approved the design plan for the monument as presented by Steven Eaton of Modern Woodmen, a financial sponsor of the project.

The design calls for a monument to sit on an engraved base that is 72 inches wide by 16 inches deep and 8 inches high, supporting a 50-inch-wide, 8-inch-deep and 45-inch-high engraved stone.

Eaton presented the request to design and place the monument to the board earlier this month, with the projected cost to be $7,500 and Modern Woodmen as the primary financial sponsor of the project.

The plan submitted and approved by the board this week was designed by local artist Gary Holly, and brick pavers will be donated by Corinth Brick, which has significantly reduced the anticipated cost of the project to $4,200, Eaton said.

A kickoff fundraiser is being planned for January, and construction and placement of the monument could be as soon as February.

They’re anticipating about 500 bricks would be used for a path around the monument, which will be placed on the northeast corner of the courthouse grounds. Any Purple Heart recipient or veteran would be able to purchase memorial bricks at a cost of $50.

The design calls for the insignia for the Purple Heart medal, surrounded by insignia of the five branches of the military, to be placed on the back side of the monument.

On the front of the base the words “Erected by Military Order of Purple Heart – Chapter 813 Alcorn County; Jerry Eaton, Lewis Harris, James Weaver; Modern Woodmen – Steven Eaton” – will be inscribed.

On the monument the inscription will be as follows: “Dedicated to the Recipients of the Nation’s Oldest Military Decoration “The Purple Heart”; “Combat Wounded Veterans”; “My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country’s way to show they care. If I could be seen by all mankind maybe peace will come in my lifetime.”; “All gave some and some gave all.”