Memorial dedication and unveiling ceremony set for April 28

From staff reports

A memorial dedication and unveiling ceremony will be held April 28 at 4 p.m. on the one-year anniversary of the EF-4 tornado that destroyed hundreds of homes and claimed 10 lives.

The ceremony is set for the new addition at Memorial Park Cemetery. The addition will be dedicated to the lives lost in the April 28, 2014 tornado. The new area will include 7 flag poles and flag displays, 4 granite benches , 10 trees, a sunflower garden and much more.

The memorial area will focus on the lives lost show a time of healing and rebuilding for Winston County according to Louisville Mayor Will Hill.

City officials have been working with local businesses and clubs to help raise funds for the memorial area.

Due to time constraints, the city had to forego funds from FEMA and MEMA on this one project in order to complete the project in time for the dedication.

This new addition will be a private-public venture. No state or federal funds are used in the project with the city, local service clubs, local supporters and private businesses helping fund the project.

“This is a community driven and community focused project,” said Mayor Hill.

The memorial ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 28 at the Highway 397 entrance to Memorial Park Cemetery. Governor Phil Bryant and his wife Deborah are expected to attend the event.

Contact Louisville City Hall if interested in donating to this project.

For those attending, please arrive early since Hwy 397 will be closed to traffic.

City workers and others work on the Memorial project with goal of completing prior to April 28.

City workers and others work on the Memorial project with goal of completing prior to April 28.