MCKEE, Ky (WYMT) - The community in Jackson County is rallying together to honor some deserving citizens.
While the muddy field in McKee might not look like much now with exposed rock and caution tape, when the plans for it are completed, there will be something great to show off.
City officials are in the process of creating a memorial park in honor of the county's veterans.
Judy Schmitt is a member on the park's planning committee.
"We are getting a lot of people that are calling us saying, 'Hey we want our loved ones to be memorialized and their names put on this tribute'," said Schmitt.
The park is expected to be completed late next spring or early summer at the latest.
"Jackson County has had so many people in the military that have served this country and many of them have made their careers in the military. So we feel it is very fitting that they have a tribute. It is long past due," said Schmitt.
Jackson County Judge Executive William O. Smith said when the park is finished, it will be something the community can be proud of and enjoy for years to come.
"Of course being a retired veteran myself, again, I have a personal interest. But it is not just for me. It is for all the veterans that have served our country and provided the freedom that we now enjoy," said Smith.
Jackson County soldiers have protected locals since the Civil War.
Organizers plan to honor all veterans from that period up through present day.
"It has been a true community effort from the local ROTC, to the veterans, to those in the area that have the technical expertise to put it all together for them," said Schmitt.
Coal severance money funds this project.