BOONE, NC (WBTV) - When the Fourth of July rolls around in Boone the parade up King Street usually is the focus of attention.
This year though, something else took center stage before the parade started. Hundreds gathered under a giant flag to watch the unveiling of the Watauga County Veterans Memorial.
"There were times when I didn't think it was going to happen," said retired Army Colonel Ben Covington. He and many others worked for more than two years to raise the money, choose a design and get the work done.
Susie Hallier drew up the concept of a shimmering steel memorial to honor all branches of service and all the conflicts the nation has been involved in. "It was a privilege," she said.
The seal of every branch of service is emblazoned on the steel along with the words Duty, Honor, Country.
Veterans who came to the unveiling said it was an honor to be there. Melanie Hollis, an army veteran, said it meant a lot to see the outpouring from the public. "Anytime a veteran can see they are being supported by the community, it's indescribable and makes a difference."