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The DeSoto County Veterans Park will be unveiled Saturday in a ceremony at 10 a.m. near the DeSoto County Visitors Center at 4716 Pepperchase Drive in Southaven.

Robert Long|DTT

The DeSoto County Veterans Park, adjacent to the DeSoto County Visitors Center and Landers Center nearby, is being dedicated Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with much fanfare.

"It's been 3 1/2 years to get to this point," said R.G. Moore, who along with his wife Diane, have helped to spearhead the effort.

Mississippi's fastest-growing county has never had a park solely dedicated to veterans in its 181-year history.

A monument on the DeSoto County Courthouse Square disappeared shortly after the disastrous courthouse fire in 1940 and was never returned.

Moore said the park, which honors all U.S. veterans, beginning with the Revolutionary War to the present war on terror, will bear flags representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Services and Coast Guard.

There will be a total of 12 individual markers, or one for each war or conflict.

A "Walk of Honor" will be bordered with bricks inscribed with the names of DeSoto County veterans and loved ones who served in the Armed Services.

All markers and the paved wheelchair accessible ramp will be illuminated.

The $125,000 project is a joint effort by private benefactors, the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors and contributions from individual citizens and corporate sponsorships.

"I think this will be a park our veterans will be proud of," R.G. Moore, a Vietnam War-era veteran said. "When we unveil it, people will come to realize how beautiful a park this will be."

To learn more about the park, visit www.desototcountyveteranspark.com.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He can be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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