ENNIS – The Veterans Memorial Committee of Ennis announces a ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Veteran’s Memorial at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 2301 W. Ennis Parkway.

Larry Fincher, chairman of the committee, along with other committee members began the planning stages of the project in November and by April they began selling engraved bricks.

“It would be good if we could sell 500-750 bricks, but we’re hoping to sell a thousand of them,” Fincher said. “We want as many people as possible to purchase them. We have ordered 4,000 and the walkway, when it’s complete, will hold over 3,300 bricks.”

Fincher noted that the project is open to all veterans, in any branch of service.

“Some people have said, ‘Well, I’m not qualified because I didn’t serve in any war,’ ” he said. “But it’s not necessary for them to serve in a war, just as long as they served in the military in any branch.”

Bricks, which are ordered from Giles Monument of Waxahachie, are $125 for the first brick and $100 for each additional brick.

“It all must be done in one transaction: Order one brick for $125 and you can buy any additional bricks for $100,” he said.

The engraving cost is included in the price and is three lines with 12 characters in each, with spaces counting as a character.

Fincher said he has had a good response from area veterans, with the most common response that such a memorial was long overdue.

“We have a small World War I memorial at the (Ennis) Chamber of Commerce and our football stadium is called Memorial Stadium, but we haven’t had a place where families and groups could go to just sit and reflect,” Fincher said. “But veterans, especially World War II vets, are really enthused about this memorial.”

The site also will include 1,100-pound memorial benches, on which engraving can be done for a family that has four or five veterans. Those may be purchased for $2,500.

“The star located in the center of the memorial is the focal point and we’d like to know that veterans that have served our nation in any branch of the military, will be the focus when visiting the Veterans Memorial,” Fincher said.

For further information or to purchase a brick, contact Fincher at 214-577-5756.