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Fund Raising for Hannibal Veterans Memorial Continues

Fund Raising for Hannibal Veterans Memorial Continues

6 months, 3 weeks ago by Jim Dewey

The Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department is organizing the effort with help from the Veterans Commission. The Veterans Memorial and Freedom Bell will be built on the Cardiff Hill Overlook which will allow a view of the Mississippi River. It will include a bell from the U.S.S. Hannibal.

The ship, which was built in 1898, was used in World Wars 1 and 2 and Spanish America War. It was decommissioned in 1944 and sunk off coast of Virginia and made into a reef. It was named for the famed Carthaginian general, but the bell was donated to the city of Hannibal in the late 1940s and has been in Kiwanis Park for decades.

Organizers are hoping to raise 60 thousand dollars through donations and the sale of memorial bricks. The bricks must have the name of a service member, who does not have to be from Hannibal.

The customized bricks may be purchased for $125 each. Additional donors of $500 or more will be listed on a plaque adjacent to the memorial. So far - 163 bricks have been ordered accounting for about 20 thousand dollars. Another 11 thousand dollars has been donated.

More information is available at www.hannibalparks.org.

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