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TRUSSVILLE, Alabama (WIAT– City of Trussville leaders, community members and local veterans held a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday for the future Alabama Fallen Warrior monument site at Veterans Park.

The monument will honor every Alabama serviceman killed on active duty since September 11.

The monument will be the first of its kind in the state of Alabama. Those involved in the project hope to welcome visitors from across the state who wish to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“When a veteran dies, he or she dies two deaths. The first is when they die, the second when they are forgotten. The mission of Project Alabama Fallen Warrior is to make sure they are never forgotten, ”said Mark Davis, Founder of Project Alabama Fallen Warrior.

Davis is spearheading the initiative to build a memorial site that will honor the 226 servicemen who risked their lives for our freedom.

“Each of these concrete columns is about ten inches in diameter. There are 116 of them arranged in rows and columns. My vision is this, the American flag in the middle, as the Earth revolves around the sun, it will cast a shadow around each of them. There will be a bronze statue of the military cross there, and then we’ll have room to put the bronze military busts in the middle, ”Davis said.

The project will cost around $ 200,000, but thanks to generous donations, $ 34,000 has been raised.

“We have received a lot of donations, so we are ahead of our goal. It’s just a great project for Trussville and to show people how much we support our veterans, but our whole park invites everyone to come visit us, ”said Mayor Buddy Choat of Trussville.

Construction of the project is underway and the target is to be completed by May 2022.

“We have to get the soil surveys, we have to do the land surveys, we have to go in here, dig trenches. Then we start to build the concrete, ”said Mayor Choat.

“We’re hoping to dedicate this 2022 Memorial Weekend, it’s a very aggressive plan, but we think we can do it weather permitting and everything,” Davis said.

Click here to donate at the monument to the fallen warrior in Alabama.