(c)2012 NPT PHOTO BY NELSON MORAIS
Keith Bailey, a sandblaster who works for Cocke County Monument Company,
take about 45 minutes to correct a veterans memorial monument in front of the
Courthouse that misspelled "sacrifice". For years it has been on the inscription
as spelled "sacrafice".
|Published: 9:49 AM, 10/04/2012
Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Brenda and James Messer said they tried for about
nine years, since they moved to Newport, to find some government official who
would fix the misspelling of one word on a memorial to veterans that sits
prominently on the front lawn of the Cocke County Courthouse.
Until last week, the memorial had inscribed on it:
"This monument is dedicated to those from Cocke County, Tennessee, who
made the supreme sacrafice in service of their country." It honors
veterans of World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. It also has two
scriptures on it: John 15:13, and Psalm 33:12.
Earlier this month, the retired couple decided to take
the matter into their own hands.
James Messer contacted Cocke County Monument Company, and
paid for a sandblaster to change the second "a" in
"sacrafice" to the correct letter "i", so it reads,
James Messer, who is retired from the U.S. Army, got the
okay from the sheriff's office, and paid $180 out of his own funds to have a
sandblaster at the Monument Company fix the word, which Keith Bailey did on
Monday, Sept. 24. It took Bailey about 45 minutes to painstakingly correct the
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