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Statue at park an honor to soldiers
Opinion

 

Dawson County can boast a bronze statue that stands proudly in Veterans Memorial Park.  The battlefield cross or fallen soldier battle cross, was a project of the Veterans Affairs of Dawson County as an honor to fallen or missing soldiers and stands beneath the flags of the Armed Forces as a memorial to those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice. 

The statue was designed and sculpted by Allen Ferg of Dawsonville, a Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran, and was funded by donations from individuals, businesses and local organizations after approval by the county commission. 

The statue stands proudly atop a 600 pound granite base and is designed by standing the soldier’s boots upright, perching the rifle downward in the boots, and hanging the helmet from the rifle stock.

It stands as a memorial, but also as a place where veterans and families can go and quietly remember someone who gave all.

The words on the base read, “To honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The all-volunteer Veterans Affairs of Dawson County thanks all the individuals, businesses and local organizations whose generous donations made this possible.

Donald Brown

President, Veterans Affairs of Dawson County