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Aug. 31 groundbreaking planned for Military Service Park

Artist’s rendering of Verde Valley Military Service Park.

Artist’s rendering of Verde Valley Military Service Park.

COTTONWOOD -- Planning has taken longer than one and half years, but organizers will finally break ground Wednesday, Aug. 31, for the Verde Valley Military Service Park. The ground-breaking for the park's first phase will occur within Cottonwood's Garrison Park -- east of the ramada and south of the County Administrative annex at 6th Street and Mingus Avenue.

The groundbreaking is scheduled at 1:30 p.m.

Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens is expected to welcome guests. Papa Dave Treadwell will give the blessing.

Spokesman Ron Luce, Commander of the VFW, says the groundbreaking will not use typical shovels but a backhoe will take the first bite of earth. An 8-foot deep hole is necessary to anchor the massive pole for the 75-foot-tall stars and stripes.

The US flag will be in the centerpiece of an array of five flags of U.S. military service groups in a 20-foot diameter circle.

Luce said in addition to the flag display in the first phase, ground will also be broken for placement of the memorial sculpture for the service dog.

Mayors of Verde Valley cities and towns have been invited along with their council. Everyone, especially veterans, are invited to join in for this milestone event Wednesday to take the first step in honoring Verde Valley servicemen and women.

Luce says a ribbon cutting and flag raising ceremony is planned for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

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