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Veterans Park remains work in progress

After 11 years, 1,000 hours and 1,500 bricks, the Jonesborough Veterans Park is still a work in progress.
“We’ll quit when we run out of space and out of ideas to make it more beautiful,” Marion Light, chairman of the Jonesborough Veterans Affairs Committee, Veterans Park said. “I’m 59 years old, and it probably won’t be finished in my lifetime.”
The most recent change to the park is the addition of 850 new bricks, a decorative retaining wall and the construction of “wings,” suggested by Craig Ford, to lead from one sidewalk to the other.
Light said a combination of donated labor and materials, and the financial support of the Town of Jonesborough, has allowed the park committee to continue its work of honoring the veterans of Washington County.
He listed General Shale, Lowe’s, Jeff’s Electric and Computer Service and Gouge Masonry as companies that have been helpful with the most recent improvements to the park.
And now, thanks to the updated design, Light said, there is room for 788 additional bricks.
“We’re trying to maintain the $35 charge for the bricks,” Light said. “And they are on sale once again.”
Order forms for the bricks will be available at the Veterans Day service set for Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center.
Lt. Colonel Corrydon Siffring, a trauma surgeon who spent three tours in Afghanistan, will be the keynote speaker.
Bricks may also be purchased in the Jonesborough Recorder’s Office at Town Hall, 123 Boone St., or by visiting