- Photos from some of today’s Memorial Day observance at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, organized by the Americanism Committee of the Exchange Club of Rome. All photos by Hometown’s Natalie Simms.
- Eighth Regiment Band plays at Memorial Day observance. Video by Natalie Simms for Hometown Headlines.
Replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier unveiled on Memorial Day at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds Monday. It came about thanks to the cooperation and support of the members of the Americanism Committee of the Exchange Club of Rome. Once finished, its cost will be around $8,500, will weigh between 400 to 500 pounds and is an exact replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of World War I at Arlington National Cemetery. It was constructed by Phillip Burkhalter and Burkhalter Builders. The intricate carvings of the wreaths, six of them in total, the wording on one end and the figurines on the other were accomplished by Chuck Schmult. Donations were made by individuals and organizations and can still be made to help to maintain the replica.
The replica was part of a daylong Memorial Day tribute and remembrance at the fairgrounds, organized by the Americanism Committee of the Exchange Club of Rome.