“I came back from Vietnam, this is my hometown, there wasn’t anything here to honor our veterans and I didn’t want that to go unnoticed,” Sammy Robinson, a resident of Tallapoosa and Vietnam veteran, told The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF), as he showed the park to members of Concerned Veterans of America who are currently on their east coast tour highlighting veterans issues.
For twenty years he wished to commemorate those who had fought for the U.S. and for those who had died, and one day he decided that’s exactly what he would do, writes DCNF. The small Tallapoosa, Georgia town only has a population of roughly 3,500 people, but is also home to the incredible Haralson County Veterans Memorial Park.
The park was built entirely by volunteers, mostly from veterans, as well as county volunteers. The heroes worked to honor heroes completely without government help, as they raised all the money needed to create the park.
According to Robinson, nearly $750,000 dollars was raised to create the park and it takes about $7,000 dollars a year to maintain it — which is raised from donations.
Haralson County Veterans Memorial Park is dotted with black granite monuments, and the path that connects them all is lined with plaques with the names of veterans from all over the country who were honorably discharged and wanted to donate to have their names displayed. According to Sammy, each plaque costs $250.
“All of the stones that you see here are anyone that has an honorable discharge that would like to be put here, and we have them here from almost every state in the nation, including Hawaii and Alaska,” Robinson said.
In One section of the park — called Medal of Honor Park — a fountain to Medal of Honor recipient Ray McKibben, a U.S. Army sergeant who was decorated for his actions during the Vietnam War, lay at the park’s center, with the plaques of other veterans lining the small square surrounding it.
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The frozen funds, originally held in South Korea, were part of a deal where Seoul committed to paying Iran for oil before the U.S. imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic in 2019. Subsequently, these funds were transferred to Qatar as part of the exchange. However, in the aftermath of an Oct. 7 Hamas raid on Israel, where more than 200 hostages were seized and around 1,200 civilians were killed, both Qatar and the U.S. agreed to refreeze the funds.
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