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Before each Hardeeville City Council meeting, Mayor Harry Williams puts aside time for a moment of silence for the men and women who have fought and died for their country.
Now he’s using his time to get plans underway for a new veterans park in his city.
“I’ve been pushing for this for a couple of years,” Williams said. “I was impressed by the Ridgeland memorial. Hardeeville has a long history going back to the (American) Revolution and we need to preserve the memories of the city and the people who served and sacrificed.”
Williams said while there are wonderful services held in Sun City and Latitude Margaritaville that honor area veterans, there is not a central point that honors Hardeeville veterans, so the park would be a source of civic pride.
“The planned location for the park is in the area where the old firehouse stood (on Martin Street),” Williams said. “The master plan will cover the entire area that loops around to Carroll Park, the Argent engine and the front of the visitor center.”
Council initially approved the cost for the new park as a general fund expense, Williams said.
“The initial plan and study was approximately $31,000,” city manager Michael Czymbor said. “No additional appropriation has been set aside to date and that project probably will be funded in the (fiscal year 2021) budget.”
Architects are working on design ideas to bring back to the city for review, Williams said.
“We have asked a few veterans to work with the city and the architects on the design of the park,” Czymbor said.
“As I study history, I have read of many wars and the sacrifices of the people who fought them,” he said. “I am always amazed how those men and women faced hardship and death. I feel strongly that we need to recognize that bravery.”
Williams has been doing research and said he wants the veterans park to include all of those from the area who have served in the military.
“Hardeeville needs this central point where we can gather on special days that honor our veterans,” he said.