Veterans' flag memorial planned at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's newest veterans memorial broke ground Tuesday at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
The site at 18th Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard will be home to the first-ever Flag Memorial of the Freedom Flag Project created by the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS).
The memorial will be named for Kentucky's most decorated and famous African American Veteran, Charles Young. It will feature a statue of a saluting soldier, a 40 foot flag pole, large American Flag and five branch flags surrounding it. Five pedestals around the flags will honor the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The landscaping around the memorial will include symbolic bricks honoring all 50 states. Seating in the area will include inspirational quotes, and the flags will be continuously lit, so they can be raised at all times. Limestone curbs around the memorial will be made with materials once located in many Louisville neighborhoods.
Region VI Commander of the National Association for Black Veterans, Shedrick Jones, Sr., said this has been a long time coming.
"A lot of people dream but very few people actually have their dream become reality. At this point in the country, we need all the freedom and democracy and we need to send as many signals as possible of who we are," he said.
The project is scheduled to be unveiled on Veterans Day, which is November 11.
Plans are to offer businesses and supporters a chance to purchase bricks and plaques to honor veterans. Anyone interested in making a donation, can contact the Semper Tek office at 859-252-8339.
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