Graysville honors Veterans in Library

Graysville unveils Veterans Memorial Wall

As published in Rhea Herald News by Reed Johnson

Graysville is honoring its local veterans ahead of Veterans Day by unveiling the Veterans’ Memorial Wall on Friday in the Graysville Public Library.

The memorial wall features photos and newspaper and magazines articles about local Graysville veterans and was the brainchild of Graysville veteran and former Rhea County Election Commissioner Johnny Harwood.

“This is just something we wanted to do to honor them,” Harwood said. “When I think about what these men and women have done for us, it just really means a lot.”

Graysville resident Kay Thurman and veteran Jim Cobb financed construction of the wall.

“People like Johnny Harwood have always been involved in supporting veterans,” Cobb said. “I have tremendous respect for him for that and this project.”

Photos are still wanted for the Veterans’ Memorial Wall and will honor both past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Pictures need to be 8 inches by 10 inches and must be photos of Graysville veterans.

“If you or anyone you know have pictures you would like to share, you can submit a copy to the library,” Thurman said. “The copy should include text indicating name and branch of service and involvement in war or conflicts. Other pertinent details are acceptable.”

Thurman said local photo processing centers at various stores and drug stores have been helpful in reproducing the photos with text.

“We look forward to seeing all of the pictures and getting this memorial together for our veterans,” Thurman said.

The Veterans Memorial Wall is located in the Graysville Public Library at 136 Harrison Avenue.

The library is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be contacted at 775-0966.