Bricks being sold for Veteran’s Monument

Published 3:43 pm Monday, November 8, 2010

This year’s Veterans Day will be a special one for the members of the American Legion, Post 90, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 716.

The two organizations are teaming up to sell bricks to be used around the Veterans’ Memorial that is located in front of Atmore City Hall. It is the hope of the veterans to be able to sell bricks in memory of a veteran or in honor of someone who is now serving their country around the world.

The space immediately surrounding the memorial will be star-shaped and will be paved with the bricks honoring the military veterans. That space will be limited so those who buy bricks first will be sure to get their brick in that area. The walkway leading to the memorial will be paved with bricks that will be sold to honor non-veterans.

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“Atmore has been waiting a long time for this,” said Jimmy Beck, who is one of the three committee members working on this project. “We have talked about it for a long time and now this is the time to get it done in Atmore.”

The bricks are now on sale for $100 each. There can be up to 18 letters on three separate lines on the brick. If the price of a brick is too much for one family, several members of the family could go together to honor their loved one.

Beck said it would make a perfect Christmas present.

“Maybe instead of one person bearing the cost, all of the children could go together and buy one for their father or their grandfather,” he suggested. “Christmas is coming and this would be the perfect present to give. Sometime you don’t know what to buy for that special person, and this would be great. It will also be something that will last. All profits raised by selling the bricks will be used for landscaping and upkeep on the area.

“We won’t lay the bricks right away,” he added. “We can buy them in bulk and we will wait until we have enough orders to start the brick-laying.”

Bricks can be purchased Saturday mornings at the American Legion and the VFW. They can also be purchased by calling Beck at 368-5911.