Blount County war memorial in need of repairs

Blount County war memorial in need of repairs

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The Blount County War Dead Memorial could soon be getting a facelift because of cracks and discoloration. The Blount County War Dead Memorial could soon be getting a facelift because of cracks and discoloration.
Each name on the plaque is someone special Each name on the plaque is someone special
So far, close to $10,000 has been raised for repairs, which need to be long-lasting. Materials are expensive and that's why the Veterans Affairs Office needs your help. So far, close to $10,000 has been raised for repairs, which need to be long-lasting. Materials are expensive and that's why the Veterans Affairs Office needs your help.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - The Blount County War Dead Memorial could soon be getting a facelift because of cracks and discoloration.

Each name on the plaque is someone special. Elmer Howard Russell, a World War II sailor, is listed.

"The first trip out was when his submarine was torpedoed we were told," said his sister Roselle Teffeteller.

Russell was listed as missing in action and he's one of nearly 400 Blount County men and women named on the county's War Dead Memorial. It was built in 1965 by veterans as a way to remember those who were killed in action.

"You're proud to see it there yet it really hurts when you think about the circumstances," added Teffeteller.

If you look at it today, 40 years later, it's showing plenty of wear and tear.

"Due to the weather we have large cracks. We don't really know how stable it is anymore," said Veterans Service Officer Nathan Weinbaum.

That's why many believe it's important to reconstruct and revitalize this memorial.

"We're thinking about changing it. We'll keep the soldier, but we're thinking about putting all the names on the front so everyone can see them," added Weinbaum.

So far, close to $10,000 has been raised for repairs, which need to be long-lasting. Materials are expensive and that's why the Veterans Affairs Office needs your help.

"We're free today because of the names listed on the memorial," said Weinbaum.

Restoration is one way to make sure those on this list from the Civil War, to World Wars I and II, the Korean War, to Vietnam are never forgotten.

"I've said a lot of times the heroes are the ones that gave their lives," said Teffeteller.

It's important to remember we are still at war. Blount County Veterans Affairs hopes to not have to add any more names to the list but with the new memorial there will be more space.

If you would like to help you can send a donation to United Veterans of Blount County, 305 Court Street in Maryville, or call (865) 273-5760.
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