Chattooga County has many veterans who served, and many who gave their lives for their country in times of war. The City of Summerville has found a way to honor those veterans by installing Military Appreciation Crosses for living, active, retired, honorably discharged, deceased, and killed in action military personnel. The crosses will be displayed at Dowdy Park for Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.
The crosses, being made in David Roger’s construction class at Chattooga High School, are part of a project 100% donated by local merchants. Bryant & Sons donated the paint and JP Smith donated the lumber, with high school students doing the construction. “It is a great way to honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice and it is a great way for communities to display their pride and gratitude and honor their veterans,” commented City Councilman Joe Money.
The class is currently working on individual crosses for over 70 veterans from Chattooga County who were killed in action.
Chattooga High School’s Construction classroom is one of only five in Georgia equipped with a state of the art CNC Router. “The CNC computer-driven router that has all the latest technology available,” said Mr. Rogers. “My students are becoming quite efficient and catching on to it quickly,” continued Rogers.
There is no charge for family members of veterans who were Killed in Action. All other crosses and flags will be $25 each. The cross will be inscribed with the name and rank of the honored veteran. Anyone interested in obtaining a cross and flag can stop by Summerville City Hall and fill out an application to receive one. For proof of service, the City will need a DD form 214 or a Retired Military ID.
Any questions or comments please contact Summerville City Hall at 706- 859-0900.