After hearing a detailed presentation at its Feb. 25 meeting, the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to pass a resolution in support of a Blue Star and Gold Star Memorial to be installed in History Park in downtown Tullahoma.
The memorials – which will be installed by the Shady Grove Garden Club of Tullahoma, the American Legion Post 43 and the Tullahoma Historic Preservation Society – are designed to recognize the work of the armed forces of the nation (Blue Star) and the families of those who have lost loves ones in service to their country (Gold Star).
According to Sandy Sebren, who chairs the Blue Star and Gold Star Memorial Project for the Shady Grove Garden Club, the idea to place the memorial in History Park next to the railroad was meant to honor the city’s railway history.
“These memorials will stand for a time in our country’s history when young men and women came by the thousands to Tullahoma by railroad to equip, to go and to serve in the defense for our country,” Sebren told The News last month.
Sebren said there had been some debate as to whether the memorials should be placed at South Jackson Civic Center, due to the space and the amount of memorials already on the grounds, but Sebren said it would be better placed at History Park, next to the railroad through town.
The city board agreed, unanimously passing a resolution in support of the memorials’ placement next to the railroad in order to “preserve [the city’s] history specifically related to the significant role that the railroad and our veterans, brought to Tullahoma via that railroad, have contributed to and enriched our community.”
According to Sebren, there are two phases of the project, to be completed by two military-related holidays in the nation. The first phase of the project, according to Sebren, should be completed by approximately May 29 – Memorial Day; the second phase is estimated to be completed by Nov. 11 – Veterans Day.
The timeline is only an approximation, Sebren said, but increased community support should help move things along nicely.
Anyone who would like more information about the project may contact Sebren via email at email@example.com.
Erin McCullough may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.