Under cloudy skies Tuesday, Burleson Construction and Holston Valley Hardscapes crews worked to install 12 additional panels around the memorial’s perimeter.
The new 4-foot-by-8-foot panels provides space for the inscription of 1,248 more veteran names, according to Brenda Barnette, chairwoman of the memorial’s board. Currently, the memorial features more than 2,000 veteran names.
The expansion has been estimated to cost between $155,000 and $175,000.
The black exterior granite panels are reserved for military members who returned home after serving, while the interior red granite panels list the names of veterans who were killed in action, prisoners of war or missing in action.
In May, state Reps. Matthew Hill and Micah Van Huss announced that $50,000 has been included in the state’s 2018-19 budget to help pay for the memorial. The Johnson City/Washington County Veterans Memorial Foundation has launched a fundraiser to help pay for the remainder of the cost.
“They should be through with everything by the end of July, except for the panels that they glue onto the concrete forms ... We don’t know how many granite panels we’ll be able to afford at one time,” Barnette said.
If a veteran or family member is interested getting a name engraved on the memorial, details about the application can be found at http://www.jc-wcveteransmemorial.org.
Veterans can either be living or deceased and must have a connection to Washington County by birth, education, profession, friendship, previous or current residency.