East Texas veterans group searching for land to build memorial

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The East Texas Veterans Memorial, a group with a mission to honor all past or present veterans who have served in the armed forces, is searching for land to build a memorial monument in Smith County. 

The project is estimated to be more than two acres and members of the organizations feel it will draw veterans from surrounding areas to possibly purchase plaques for family members who have served.

Jeff Basehore is a veteran and has be an architect for more than 40 years and designed  the concept for the project. 
“We visited a number of a number of memorial around Texas and we just all pulled our information together,” Basehore said.
The project is expected to be complete in phases, if a site for construction is found.
“We have had a few different places that were possibilities, at this point in time they’ve kinda gone by the way side,” member Edward Birckbichler said.
Leatha Taylor is an advocate for veterans in East Texas and supports the memorial project.
“It’s a wonder thing to have, something to show where your loved ones are being remember,” Taylor said. “And I think the memorial is an excellent idea.”
To read more about The East Texas Veterans Memorial and how to contribute click here.

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