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Group selling bricks to honor veterans at local memorial

As the nation celebrates Veterans Day, people all across the country will thank men and women who have put their lives on the line for the country. And though Veterans Day honors the military’s servicemen and women, a group of Lincoln County residents suggest buying a brick as away to honor these veterans year round.

Hervey Littlefield, one of the leaders of the project, said they have currently sold about 140 bricks. Their original goal was to sell 200 before they started work on the memorial at the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Government Complex. However, Littlefield said they have now been working on this project for almost three years, and the leaders of the group plan to pay out of pocket to get the project started.

“That way people can see what it’s going to look like,” he said.

The plan for the memorial has spots for 1,800 bricks, and there are 2,000 veterans in Lincoln County.

“We’re trying to honor folks who have served in the military while they are still living,” he said.

Littlefield said too many times people aren’t honored for their service until they’ve died. This memorial is a way to honor people before that.

However, the memorial is not limited to those still living, and bricks can be purchased in memory of a loved one.

The bricks are 8-inch square bricks that will include name, rank, medals, branch of service and duration of service. Bricks are $75 each. The bricks will be placed around the current memorial located in front of the complex. The current memorial only lists those who have died while serving in the military.

For more information contact 601-754-2061 or 601-695-0218.