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Monroe County Veteran’s Monument in Tellico Plains

Photo at the existing Veteran’s Monument
The Monroe County Veterans' Monument, a landmark at one corner of Tellico Plains Town Square, has been in dire need of refurbishment, to revive it as a fitting memorial to our Veterans. A major fundraising drive is underway, with a goal of $22,000 for the monument reconstruction and maintenance. Your help is needed.

A Veterans' Monument Committee, comprised of Mike Atkins, Lawrence Harris, Ray Tallent, and Helen Cochran, was created last fall. Since then, many significant renovations have been made:

  • Installation of a new copper-colored standing seam roof
  • Repair of the electrical system and interior lights
  • Open pass-through and wheelchair accessible portal modifications
  • Completion of soffits and trim

The biggest remaining project is the replacement of the existing stone nameplates with new ones sized to properly fit the existing structure. This is the most expensive item in the renovations, and funds are desperately needed. These plates will be replaced in phases, as funds permit. With additional funds some fascia trim will be added to accent the architecture, and the Town will retain any leftover funds as a perpetual monument maintenance fund.

Tellico Plains Post #240 of the American Legion created and dedicated the brick monument in May, 2001, on land donated by the Town of Tellico Plains. The Legion solicited subscriptions and donations for individual names to be included on the monument's inscribed stone plaques, and for construction and maintenance costs.

After only a few years, weather damage caused the exposed structure to deteriorate. A volunteer group, including some members of the local Legion Post, some members of the Tellico Chamber of Commerce, and other local citizens, banded together to reconstruct the monument in 2007. Members of the non-profit organization Rolling Thunder, a group dedicated to accountability and recognition of the Prisoners Of War - Missing In Action (POW/MIA) of all wars, were also involved. Additional donations of materials and money were solicited to fund the reconstruction. Unfortunately, funds ran out before the work was completed, the local American Legion Post disbanded, and the volunteer group dissolved. The monument has remained in its incomplete state since then.

To Add or Correct a Name on the Veterans' Monument:

An application to include the name of a Monroe County resident who is a veteran on the monument (or to correct an existing name) are available at Tellico Plains City Hall. Some type of official documentation (copy of Form DD214) will be necessary to verify eligibility as a veteran who served in the particular conflict. There is NO COST to add a new name. The application can also be downloaded here:

Download the Application Form for Inclusion on the Monroe County Veteran’s Monument

New Roof Monroe County Veteran’s Monument

Donations Needed to fund this project!

Cost of the planned refurbishment of the monument will be about $22,000. This amount will be raised through fundraising activities and donations.
Donations may be made through:
  • Banks within the town of Tellico Plains
  • Via credit card through the Tellico Plains web site
    Click on "Donate Now" button to the right

These funds will be held in an account in the name of the Town of Tellico Plains for the sole purpose of monument reconstruction. Any excess funds raised will be kept in the account for the purpose of perpetual maintenance.

flags Monroe County Veteran’s Monument
names Monroe County Veteran’s Monument
Students at Tellico Plains High School will be assisting in the development of a computer database which will include all existing monument names, and allow adding new names over the coming years. This database may be a useful tool for family members to research their relatives.

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