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April 22, 2011

Veterans memorial groundbreaking set

ROCKWALL — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Tuesday for the Rockwall County Veterans Memorial.

The 5 p.m. ceremony will be held at 1111 E. Yellowjacket Lane, adjacent to the Rockwall County Courthouse that is under construction.

An invitation to the event invites residents to “help celebrate the commencement of the construction of Rockwall County’s long-awaited location where residents and visitors can pay homage and respect to the men and women who have served to protect our rights and freedoms.”

Participants will include U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, The Rockwall County American Legion and the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard.

On April 12, Rockwall County commissioners approved a guaranteed maximum price of $499,500 for the memorial.

The maximum price, submitted by Manhattan Construction Co., was set at $516,479. The county’s portion will not exceed $499,500. The American Legion will pay the balance.

Before commissioners voted on the guaranteed maximum price, County Judge Jerry Hogan said commissioners agreed two years ago to allocate $500,000 for the construction of a veterans memorial to honor all Rockwall County military veterans. An “impressive and moving” design was approved, he said.

The county judge pointed out that Commissioner Grinnan, veterans groups and others have worked diligently on the project.

The veterans memorial and the new courthouse are scheduled to be dedicated on Nov. 11 — 11/11/11.

“It will be a big deal for Rockwall County and we hope all of you can participate,” Hogan said the a commissioners court meeting earlier this month.

During that meeting, Commissioner Jerry Wimpee said money for the project was set aside in 2007.

It’s amazing, he said, that $500,000 was approved for the project in 2007 and the price today is $500,000.

 

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