Tippah County Veterans Memorial Timeline

Committee Meeting

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Veterans Memorial Committee meets at City Hall seeking formal approval for the establishment of a Tippah County Veterans Memorial.

Official resolution by the City of Ripley to establish the Memorial

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Official resolution by the City of Ripley to establish the Memorial.

Soon to be site of Memorial

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Soon to be site of Tippah County Veterans Memorial.

Where the Tippah County Veterans Memorial will be situated

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Arrow indicates where the Tippah County Veterans Memorial will be situated in Fred Smith Park/People Bank Sportsplex.

Proud veterans hear the news of the establishment of the Tippah County Veterans Memorial

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Proud veterans hear the news of the establishment of the Tippah County Veterans Memorial.

Friends and family hear official announcement of the plan to establish the Memorial

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Friends and family hear official announcement of the plan to establish the Memorial.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Tippah County Courthouse

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Memorial Day Ceremony at Tippah County Courthouse

Veterans committee meets to hear first concepts

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Veterans committee meets to hear first concepts of plan from architect.

Committee, friends and family meet at pavilion for groundbreaking

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Committee, friends and family meet at pavilion for groundbreaking.

VFW representative Jim Gay

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VFW representative Jim Gay speaks at groundbreaking July 2, 2016.

Mayor Chris Marsalis participates in groundbreaking

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Mayor Chris Marsalis participates in groundbreaking event July 2.

The ground is broken for the Tippah County Veterans Memorial

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The ground is broken for the Tippah County Veterans Memorial.

Veterans Memorial Committee and friends

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Veterans Memorial Committee and friends prepare to walk through the site with the architect.

Architect Kurt Shettles speaks to the committee

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Architect Kurt Shettles speaks to the committee on his visit to the site.

Committee and friends with McCarty Architects

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Group photo of committee and friends with architect Kurt Shettles and Sarah Hooper of McCarty Architects.

Architect presents his concepts of the Memorial

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Veterans committee assembles to hear architect present his concepts of the memorial.

McCarty Architect President and CEO Kurt Shettles make his recommendations

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McCarty Architect President and CEO Kurt Shettles make his recommendations to the group.

View of Memorial’s flag display

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View of memorial’s flag display.

Architect Rendering of Memorial

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Ripley VFW Post Commander Mike Mauldin (L) and member Chester Bryant laid a wreath at the military monument at the Tippah County courthouse.

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Ripley VFW Post Commander Mike Mauldin (L) and member Chester Bryant laid a wreath at the military monument at the Tippah County courthouse.

Pictured L-R Co-chairmen of the Tippah County Veterans Memorial Park Project Mike Mauldin, Commander of Ripley VFW Post, and Rickey Hopper, Commander of Ripley American Legion Post, with Ripley Mayor Chris Marsalis.

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Pictured L-R Co-chairmen of the Tippah County Veterans Memorial Park Project Mike Mauldin, Commander of Ripley VFW Post, and Rickey Hopper, Commander of Ripley American Legion Post, with Ripley Mayor Chris Marsalis.

Ripley Mayor Chris Marsalis welcoming the group to the Veterans Day Program.

Ripley Mayor Chris Marsalis welcoming the group to the Veterans Day Program.
Ripley Mayor Chris Marsalis welcoming the group to the Veterans Day Program.

One of the principal speakers for the Veterans Day Program was Major General Harold Cross.

One of the principal speakers for the Veterans Day Program was Major General Harold Cross.
One of the principal speakers for the Veterans Day Program was Major General Harold Cross.

One of the principal speakers for the Veterans Day Program was David Yancey.

One of the principal speakers for the Veterans Day Program was David Yancey.
One of the principal speakers for the Veterans Day Program was David Yancey.

Students from Ripley Elementary School sing America the Beautiful.

Students from Ripley Elementary School sing America the Beautiful.
Students from Ripley Elementary School sing America the Beautiful.

February, 2017 - Farm Bureau Insurance $10,000 Donation

Farm Bureau Insurance Donation - February, 2017
Farm Bureau Insurance $10,000 Donation – February, 2017

Tippah County WWII veteran gets surprise ceremony at Capitol

Tippah County WWII veteran gets surprise ceremony at Capitol
Tippah County WWII veteran gets surprise ceremony at Capitol.

JACKSON – World War II veteran Roy Hodges of Tippah County thought he and members of his family, including his wife Rachael, were just taking in the sights when visiting the state Capitol last week before watching both the Pine Grove and Ripley girls in the state basketball tournament. Click here to read the entire article.

$3500 Donation from Wounded Minute Men of Mississippi on March 27, 2017

$3500 Donation from Wounded Minute Men of Mississippi March 27 2017

The Ripley Memorial Day program commemorating the soldiers who gave their lives in America’s wars was held at the Ripley Sportsplex May 29, 2017

The Ripley Memorial Day Program 2017 Ripley Mayor Chris Marsalis
Ripley Mayor Chris Marsalis welcomed everyone to the observance.

The Ripley Memorial Day Program 2017 Ripley Boy Scout Troop 38 posted the colors
Ripley Boy Scout Troop 38 posted the colors.

The Ripley Memorial Day Program 2017 Mike Mauldin Commander of the Ripley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post made the opening remarks

Mike Mauldin, Commander of the Ripley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, made the opening remarks
The Ripley Memorial Day Program 2017 Rickey Hopper Commander of the Ripley American Legion Post introduced the speaker
Rickey Hopper, Commander of the Ripley American Legion Post, introduced the speaker.

The Ripley Memorial Day Program 2017 featured speaker Reverend Bobby Cook a Vietnam era veteran
The featured speaker for the Memorial Day observance was the Rev. Bobby Cook, a Vietnam era veteran who spoke eloquently about those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

The Ripley Memorial Day Program 2017 Tippah Countians supporting Tippah County Veterans Memorial Park
A large group of Tippah Countians was present to honor those who gave so much for us and to enjoy a lunch, the proceeds of which will go to the future Tippah County Veterans Memorial Park.

The Ripley Memorial Day Program 2017 Reverend Jack Bennett offered the closing prayer
Rev. Jack Bennett offered the closing prayer.

Musical entertainment was provided by the MissOssippi Band composed of L-R Stanley Rolfe, Bailey Eubanks, John Braddock, Rickey Joe Gates and Eddie Rucker.
Musical entertainment was provided by the MissOssippi Band composed of L-R Stanley Rolfe, Bailey Eubanks, John Braddock, Rickey Joe Gates and Eddie Rucker.

The Ripley Memorial Day Program 2017 Flag display with the site of the future Tippah County Veterans Memorial Park in the background
Flag display with the site of the future Tippah County Veterans Memorial Park in the background. Click here for how to donate or assist with this worthy project.

Tippah County Veterans Memorial ~ P. O. Box 100 ~ Ripley, MS 38663