CAVE CITY, AR (KAIT) - There will soon be a new monument in Cave City to honor the town's veterans.
"We've actually been talking about it for several years off and on," Mayor Jonas Anderson said.
The memorial is being built near the city hall, under the big welcome sign.
They broke ground Thursday and started framing it out.
Councilman Ed Turnbough is leading the project committee and said the memorial has personal meaning for him.
"I have lots of family who are veterans," Turnbough said. "My dad was a World War II veteran and I just wanted for this area something for them to be remembered by because without them we wouldn't be here."
The granite statue will have names on it of any veteran with ties to Cave City.
"We have people who live out of state who still have really important connections to Cave City and we want their family to be listed on it," Anderson said. "We also decided that we want to open it up to not just those that have passed on but also those who are currently living."
Anyone who would like a name added to the monument can contact Turnbough at 870-283-1927.
It is $75 per engraved name.
The mayor said he also plans to put a link to the sheet on the city's Facebook page as well so it can be filled out and returned.
The information will include the rank and branch of the military for the veteran.
The city has pledged $15,000 to help build the monument, but Turnbough said donations from any business or organization is also welcome.
"We've already had a couple of granite benches donated," Turnbough said. "People have been 100% behind us."
"We're going to add some concrete around the area for people in wheelchairs and things like that so people can come up," Anderson said. "We really want this to be a place where people want to come. They can see the monument. We are going to add some more seating out here and maybe some picnic tables. This whole thing is going to be the kick off of transforming this whole area by city hall."