The City of Yatesville is looking for the names of a “few good men and women” who served in the military and are from Yatesville. The city plans to honor them on Veterans Day with their names, services, and wars on crosses with American flags attached. The crosses will be placed in a field downtown for all to see and visit.
Last month, Mayor Cecil Moncrief told the city council of his travel through Hampton, Georgia on Memorial Day and seeing hundreds of white crosses with American flags on top of them lining the roads. Each cross had the name of a veteran, the war he or she fought in, and their branch of service on it. Moncrief thought it would be a good way for Yatesville to honor its veterans, and the council agreed.
At the Yatesville City Council meeting last Monday night, it was decided to try to start collecting the names and having the crosses made in time for Veterans Day. Moncrief said he felt that John Hicks, a Yatesville resident who already makes and gives away small white crosses, would be willing to make the bigger crosses if the city bought the supplies. He said they would also need to buy the flags, and then find someone to letter the crosses. Moncrief said they can continue to collect names after that and re-use the crosses and flags on Memorial Day and July 4th.
“The first step will be finding out how many veterans we have in town, what war they fought in, what service, and get all that information together,” Moncrief said.
It was decided to put the request for information on the city water bills, to request the local news media to advertise it, and to ask the county archives to assist in getting the names of Yatesville veterans.
“Veterans don’t have to have been in a war, they could have just been in the services,” the mayor said. “Let us know. Drop it off with your water bill, or just drop it in the box with your name, your branch, and the war if you fought in the war. It is for any person, dead or alive, who was in the services. “
Council member Robert Releford questioned if they just wanted residents living in Yatesville. Mayor Moncrief said they could do that, or they could open it up to veterans outside city limits.
“If you want to get outside the city, it doesn’t matter to me. One that comes to mind is Joseph Hammonds, who is from Yatesville, but doesn’t live in the city,” recalled Moncrief. “Let’s put that out and see what kind of response we get.”
Anyone wanting to submit a veteran’s name, service, and war, can do so by emailing the information to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailing it to City of Yatesville, P. O. Box 220, Yatesville, GA 31097.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.