Fayetteville hears about unique monument to military families

Fayetteville Mayor Ed Johnson. Photo/Ben Nelms.
Fayetteville Mayor Ed Johnson. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayetteville City Council on Dec. 6 received an update on a proposal to construct a monument to the families of military members at a local park. Project representatives will return at a later date with plan specifics.

Representing the Homefront Families and Children of Heroes Monument project, Fairy Wortham and Gordon Dampier provided a concept rendering of the monument.

Mayor Ed Johnson said work on the project thus far represented a major step forward from when Wortham originally presented the idea in February.

Wortham said a potential idea to help with fundraising for the project would have interested community members purchase inscribed bricks which are expected to surround the monument.

“No one has ever done anything like this, to honor the wives and families of all wars,” Wortham said at the February meeting. “The families at home suffer quietly.”

The council recommended that the group return at a later date with additional detail, such as a list of local government contributors and a budget.

Project members will meet with city staff, council members and citizens to continue to formalize the monument project.

While Patriot Park was requested by Wortham to be the location for the monument, that decision has not been finalized.

Those interested in obtaining more information on the proposed project can contact Fairy Wortham at 770-629-2888.