JONESVILLE — A tribute to the thousands of tri-county veterans who have served since the Revolutionary War is under development in historic Mineral Springs Park.
Chair of the the Jonesville Historical Society Judy Wolfe said the society began work on the memorial project more than a year ago by affixing names to a section of the old Hugh Chatham Memorial Bridge. She said the Jonesville Historical Society will continue to affix names to a total of five bridge sections salvaged after the bridge was torn down two years ago. They will be attached to the current boot and gun central piece standing in Mineral Springs Park.
Wolfe said the society has collaborated with Yadkin and Surry County genealogical and historical groups to collect names for affixing. They are seeking funds and donations for the project to continue gathering and attaching veterans names to the memorial.
Most of the added names are from the Revolutionary and Civil War, so far said Wolfe. She said the Jonesville Historical Society will continue to “collect names from everyone” as they work to complete the tribute.
The memorial consists of a boot and gun central piece that stands in the historic Jonesville Mineral Springs Park. It can be viewed by anyone attending Saturday’s Jonesville Jubilee festivities as part of the heritage celebration. Mineral Springs Park is only a mile and a half away and there is no charge to leave and re-enter the Jonesville Jubilee, said Wolfe.
Wolfe said, “We think that we were able to receive so many sponsorships because of the relevance of a tri-county Veterans Memorial that recognizes tri-county men and women that have fought since the 1700s.” Wolfe noted the importance of remembering the North Carolina battle Regulators Revolt fought in 1760.
There will be a war exhibit on display at the Lila Swaim Park that will contain items from the Jonesville Historical Society collection during the Jubilee.
The day will involve celebrating and honoring heritage with unique events, music, displays, crafts and food.
A nationally acclaimed exhibit of Black Americana will be on display in the senior center. Admission is free to Effley Howell’s “Thankful Heritage” collection.
William Bottomley of WXII 12 will be attending the Jubilee festivities.
The 2014 Jonesville Jubilee will open with a salutation and formalities presented by Jonesville Mayor Gene Pardue.
The first Brushy Mountain 5K will begin at 9 a.m.
Registered 5K participants, sponsors and guests are invited to an open house at Brushy Mountain Winery in Elkin on Friday, where finger food and music will be provided. Wolfe said menus from sponsoring restaurants will be available for those wanting to make dinner reservations after the open house.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, the Jubilee along with the traditional formalities, will include an interpretive “signing” of the National Anthem and special music by Leon Reece. Sky divers are expected, weather permitting, to perform mid to late morning and will take time to discuss the sport with kids of all ages.
Also, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a silent auction of gifts and gift certificates will be open for bids from the public. Giveaway items will include weekend stays at local hotels, miscellaneous gifts, gasoline and gift cards from local wineries, and food centers and restaurants.
Gospel music by Mass Choir, harmonica music by Dr. Bill Blackley and friends, karaoke and an evening classic rock concert by Donnie Shore and Krystal Ball will cap off the evening along with a fireworks display that are a Jonesville Jubilee tradition.
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