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New veterans park?


By Heather Walters


A group of Colleton County veterans are seeking approval from city and county leaders to honor the county’s war heroes by building a new park.

The Colleton County Veteran’s Council spoke to Colleton County Council at its Tuesday meeting, asking for preliminary support of a new park. The park – which the group hopes to build in the county parking lot, alongside the incoming Discovery Center for the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary and in front of the Colleton County Courthouse – will include a wall displaying the seals of each brand of the U.S. military. The park will also consist of sidewalks, landscaped seating areas and a monument to salute the county’s veterans. It will also feature a platform for community events.

“The veterans are a great asset to this county,” White told council. White then read down a list of federal and state-allocated dollars given to the county’s veterans each year. According to him, Colleton County veterans received $14 million in benefits and service funds in 2014. There are 421,000 veterans residing in South Carolina, with 3,800 of those living in Colleton County, he said.

“We, as veterans, did what we had to do. Now we ask that you help us represent the veterans of our country. We need your help to continue to enjoy the liberties that we have here in Colleton County, and to remember those who served,” said White.

According to White, the group already has the support of the City of Walterboro, with city administration agreeing to include the park in its new and upcoming streetscape project, he said.

With the plan still in the planning phases, there is currently no budget for the park. There is also not yet a detailed list on how the group will fund the park, or if the park will honor the specific names of soldiers and military heroes from the county. Colleton County has a Confederate War Memorial and a Tuskegee Soldiers’ Memorial, but no designated monument or public area recognizing U.S. Military veterans. The Waterfall Park on E. Washington Street in Walterboro is the downtown area currently designated for the city and the county’s current military and community events.

“At this point in time, we are simply asking for your support,” White told county council, with several of the councilmen nodding their heads in approval and asking for more information as it becomes available. Council took no official action on the park at this time, but Council Chairman Phillip Taylor said the council will begin “discussing” the park and will await for more details on the plan.

“This is another example of great volunteers in our community providing vision to make our community better,” Taylor said.                                                       veterans park

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