BOONE — Work has begun on the Watauga County Veterans Memorial at 570 W. King St., which is planned to be unveiled on the Fourth of July, the town of Boone has said in a statement.
Town staff are preparing the location for the installation of the memorial — which will consist of an ellipse and the three knee walls. The installation is scheduled for June.
The monument will be part of a presentation on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, at the Boone Mall. The High Country Chapter Military Officers Association of America, the Boone Mall and the Watauga Community Band will host the 11th annual observance of Memorial Day in the High Country.
“Representatives will be in attendance to answer questions about or receive donations for the Watauga County Veterans Memorial,” the town of Boone said in a May 2 statement on the Memorial Day event.
The monument is the design of Banner Elk native Suzie Hallier. The memorial, named “Time and Honor,” was selected as the winning design by the Boone/Watauga County Veterans Memorial Executive Committee in September 2017. The structure is in the shape of an ellipse and, according to Hallier, is “meant to draw the viewers into a reflective state.”
The motto of West Point, “Duty. Honor. Country.” will be engraved on the main structure. The ellipse ends with five directional pillars for the five different service branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp and Coast Guard. The pillars are designed to point to the heavens, Hallier said.
Three knee walls with sloping faces adorned with plaques will surround the main monument. Designed to be the same brown color as the base, one will honor those who served and died in the seven major conflicts: the American Revolution, War of 1812, American Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
The second knee wall will honor those in current and potential future conflicts and the third, located behind the ellipse, will honor those who donated to the project.
Since the High Country Military Officers Association of America is a nonprofit veterans organization, donations are considered tax-deductible. Donations can be made at www.hccmoaa.org and on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HCCMOAA.
Donors that wish to mail in their donations can do so by Watauga County Veterans Memorial c/o HCCMOAA Post Office Box 3312 Boone, NC 28607.