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Cobb Veterans Memorial - Cobb County Georgia

Introduction

A Memorial of Honor. A Tribute to Service.

The Cobb County Veterans Memorial will be a beautifully inviting park and transformational setting to the people of Cobb County, Georgia. Having a dedicated site, whose simple motto is to say “Thank You” to those who have served, will not only stand as a beacon to recognize the sacrifice of those who made freedom possible, but will inspire future generations to lives of service.

The Time is Now

Cobb County is one of the largest of the 159 counties in Georgia and does not have a Veterans Memorial honoring service. Additionally, Cobb County is home to approximately 60,000
veterans, the most of any county in Georgia. With the recent gift of land by the Cobb County Commission, the leaders of the County are determined to fill that void and engage in a true community effort to build a fitting tribute for those who have served our country. The Memorial will serve the dual purpose of honoring the men, women, and their families who have served throughout the rich history of Cobb County, while also standing as a dynamic living tribute, unifying all veteran branches and causes related to their service. The key attributes and impact of the Cobb Veterans Memorial include:

  • A dynamic Memorial site centrally located behind the Cobb County Central Aquatic Center with walkways leading to an iconic centerpiece “Star” sculpture tower.
  • A “Thank You” to ALL Veterans and their families for their service and to sincerely honor their “Oath of Office” to protect and defend our great nation.
  • Service Walls honoring all branches of the armed forces throughout history including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Merchant Marines, and Coast Guard.
  • Building awareness and inspiration and educate the community and the next generations on the importance of service.
  • Offer up the symbol of unification for all service branches, no matter what the year, rank, campaign, or decoration.
  • Providing a place of peaceful reflection for those who will want to visit and remember, honor, or feel inspired.
  • Providing a community gathering space for special events, ceremonies, and speakers in a beautiful setting centrally located just north of Atlanta.
  • The economic impact will be a significant to the central Cobb business and recreation area and will help attract a variety of local tradeshows and conventions to the adjacent Cobb Civic Center.

Costs and Timeline

Total design and construction costs of the Cobb Veteran’s Memorial is projected to be $3.5 million.

Preliminary Timeline
Fundraising Campaign
August 2019 – November 2020
Memorial Site Design & Permitting
January 2020 – May 2020
Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony
Memorial Day 2020
Memorial Construction
May 2020 – November 2020
Ribbon Cutting
Veteran’s Day 2020

Background on Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation Mission (CVMF) Statement:

“The mission of the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc. is
to design, build and maintain a memorial
to honor our United States Armed Forces and their families.”

Formed in 2014 by Commission Chairman Tim Lee, the Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation is comprised of local community leaders who have served in the military and county staff.

The president of the CVMF is Major General James D. Bankers, a command pilot with over 4,000 flying hours and 200 combat missions who served as Commander, 22nd Air Force, responsible for command supervision of Air Force Reserve airlift resources in the eastern United States. Another board member and veteran, Bob Ott, also serves the County as District 2 County Commissioner. The entire board consists of veterans who have served our country and acutely understand the daily sacrifice of service. Significant support for the CVMF also came from State Senator Michael “Doc” Rhett (Master Sergeant, United States Air Force). In addition to the building of the Memorial, the CVMF hopes to bring to light significant veteran issues and causes that will provide continued support of our local veterans.

Planning Process

To date, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners has committed to and allocated $250,000 to assist the CVMF in launching its efforts, including initial schematic design, property acquisition and the fundraising campaign.

The CVMF desires to reach out to prominent leaders and corporations within Cobb County and Metro Atlanta to assist the CVMF through donations, both monetary and in-kind, to the campaign. A short video project is to be completed in the Fall of 2018 and will feature compelling stories and testimonials from a wide variety of Cobb County Veterans about the impact of the Memorial.

Donor Recognition to include the following:

  • Donor Wall and Plaza – To be constructed at the main entrance of the Memorial (see rendering) with corporate naming opportunities.
  • Photo Walls will be a main feature of the walkways leading to the Centerpiece Tower allowing a community member to place a small plaque and picture of their family member.
  • Service Walls which provide a brief history and showcase their respective flag per branch of service.

It is with sincere appreciation and humility that we hope to consider you a partner in this vision for our community.  Thank you for being willing to share your time and experience with us.

“Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! this our fathers did for us.” – John Ruskin

Cobb Veterans Memorial - Cobb County Georgia
Cobb Veterans Memorial - Cobb County Georgia