Chilton Dedicates New Veterans Memorial - WBAY

Chilton Dedicates New Veterans Memorial

Chilton - The community in Chilton gets its first look at a long-awaited veterans memorial Saturday.

It took more than two years for the design, fundraising and construction.

Music filled the air as the community band played and people packed the lawn surrounding the new Veterans Memorial of Chilton enjoying the festivities.

"This is unbelievable. It's just so great," said Jeff Deeley, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Major General Daniel Ammerman, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command served in combat with one of the memorial committee members and was the keynote speaker for ceremony.

He says the memorial also represents the veterans of the future.

"There will always be a call for us to serve in our nation and protect those freedoms we hold most dear," explained General Ammerman.

The ceremony closed with taps and then everyone got to see it up close.

"I'm a member of the VFW in Chilton in here and it's just great the way the community came behind us and saluted all the veterans but especially those who gave the ultimate price," added Deeley.

A lot of memorials are monuments that you walk up to, but the architect for this one says he wanted it to be different and feel like you're a part of it.

"The walls you walk through them and come into the memorial and it surrounds you. The six statues rise above you within it as if they're protecting you," said Jim Suttner.

The six statues represent each branch of the military and also women who have served.

"Women did a lot in the military. The nurses, but all of us, we've done a lot to make the service better," said Sharon Woelfel-Nett, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Which this memorial recognizes along with the sacrifices made by many other veterans.

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