History of Veterans Day
TAMMIE BROWN, The Ledger Independent

AMVETs Veteran's Park, first conceived by the organization in 2007, features a moving centerpiece as a tribute to all fallen soldiers.

The  Battlefield Cross, or "Fallen Soldier" monument represents what has become a custom among surviving members of a squad when one of their own falls in battle. Boots, rifle and helmet of the lost soldier are arranged as a memorial to the fallen comrade.

The bronze sculpture stands on a base of polished black granite at the park on Kentucky 9, across from Meadowview Regional Medical Center.

The park is a memorial to veterans who have served in conflicts from the American Revolution through the current wars. It was completed and dedicated in 2009.

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Features of the park include U.S., state and MIA/POW flag displays, along with flags from each branch of the military. Visitors can also use the park's picnic tables.

The memorial also includes cast bronze military emblems for each military branch within the flag display area. Since the initial plans were made to include the military emblems, the National Guard emblem has been added to the design.

But it is the Battlefield Cross sculpture that remains the most compelling of the park's features, a continuing tribute to all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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