Work on the Veterans Memorial at Cardiff Hill Overlook is underway, with the first 50 bricks ordered placed at the site.
Four veterans will be at the site at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 20 for a short press event.
The Veterans Memorial is about 67 percent funded. There have been 211 bricks ordered, and about $42,000 raised, the memorial is estimated to cost about $60,000. The project has been organized by the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department and the Veterans Services Commission.
The Veterans Memorial and Freedom Bell will be built on Cardiff Hill Overlook, allowing a beautiful view of the Mississippi River. The pathway will consist of memorial bricks. The bricks must have the name of a service member, but does not have to be a Hannibal resident, former or current. The bricks may be purchased by loved ones to honor a member of the military. The customized bricks may be purchased for $125 per brick. Additional donors of $500 or more will be listed on a plaque adjacent to the memorial.
The memorial will include a bell from the U.S.S. U.S.S. Hannibal ship, which the U.S. Navy built in 1898, the craft was used in World Wars 1 and 2 and Spanish America War. The ship was decommissioned in 1944 and sunk off coast of Virginia and made into a reef. Even though the ship was named after the general, not the city, the Navy sent the city of Hannibal the bell in the late 1940s.