Local News

April 25, 2013

American Legion to replace eternal flame

The Eternal Flame of Freedom that stands as a tribute to all military veterans on the lawn of the Whitfield County Courthouse has gone out.

A local group wants to re-ignite the flame.

American Legion Post 112 in Dalton is holding a fundraiser to replace the broken eternal flame with plans to rededicate the statue and the neighboring Whitfield County Veterans Memorial later this year during a special ceremony. The group helped erect the existing monument.

“We’ve had a flame out,” said Leo Whaley, a veteran and member of American Legion Post 112. “When you have a flame out with your freedom flame, you have a problem. We don’t want it to look like we think less of the people who have sacrificed for our freedom. It’s just something that our American Legion Post is interested in, and I’m surely interested in it because that was a work of sheer joy. It’s something I’m proud of.”

The eternal flame was dedicated Nov. 11, 2003. In the past few months, it stopped operating. Replacing the monument will cost between $5,000 and $7,000, Whaley said.

“It may sound like a lot but it’s not when you see what it represents,” he said. “You can’t put a price on it.”

The monument honors Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy veterans. An inscription on the statue reads: “The Eternal Flame of Freedom is dedicated in memory of our veterans of Whitfield County who gave their lives for our country. They will never be forgotten.”

The Dalton City Council and the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners have agreed to split the eternal flame’s natural gas bill, which totals about $4,800 a year.

“We’re on board with that,” Dalton Mayor David Pennington said.

The county has picked up the bill in the past, Commission Chairman Mike Babb said.

“We have a lot of World War II veterans and we’re losing them every day,” Babb said. “We want to honor them along with all of our other veterans.”

He said the cash-strapped county is “more than open” to any other government agency, group or citizen that would like to help pay for the gas.

There’s a second part to the project.

American Legion members plan to add to the Whitfield County Veterans Memorial, which is next to the eternal flame. They want to include an inscription honoring veterans who fought in Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan to go alongside inscriptions remembering those who participated in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The memorial was dedicated on Nov. 5, 1988, and has not been added to since.

You can send donations for the eternal flame to American Legion Post 112, P.O. Box 932, Dalton, GA 30722. Please note the donation is for the “Eternal Flame of Freedom Account.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Bugs and Kisses 1 mlh.jpg Local stores expect tax holiday to create lots of sales

    Local retailers say Georgia’s sales tax holiday weekends mean big business for them, and they are gearing up to capitalize on this year’s tax-free shopping on Friday and Saturday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Esme file mw 2.jpg Still fighting

    Ten-year-old Esme Miller was celebrated earlier this year for the way she’s handled a bout with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Historical photos of Murray County needed

    Maybe you have a photograph of a well-known preacher from the 1940s. Or maybe you have a photograph taken of a church choir from the 1920s.

    July 30, 2014

  • State DOT wants your input on transportation needs

    As state and national leaders consider alternatives for funding future transportation needs, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to know what Georgians would like in their 21st century transportation system and how they recommend paying for it.

    July 30, 2014

  • Jail for Justice Tour event here tonight

    The Moral Monday Georgia Coalition, the NAACP-led multi-racial, multi-issue advocacy group, will host an event in partnership with the Georgia Dreamers Alliance, Coalition of Latino Leaders (CLILA), Whitfield NAACP and the Whitfield County Democratic Party at Dalton’s Mack Gaston Community Center tonight from 5 to 9.

    July 30, 2014

  • Two charged with tampering with evidence in drug investigation

    Two people have been arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the synthetic marijuana bust in February involving a Dalton business owner.

    July 30, 2014

  • Beaulieu to close operations for one week for inventory

    Floorcovering giant Beaulieu of America will conduct a physical inventory of its buildings and facilities next week, with only salaried employees reporting for work.

    July 30, 2014

  • Green spot closing 1 mlh.jpg A part of the family

    Larry Green can’t remember the exact date. But he says it was about 54 years ago when his father Marvin took him to see the new store he and his brother Herman had commissioned Red Jennings to build at 309 W. Emery St. in Dalton.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • New high school?

    The only means for “staying small” and preserving “The Dalton Way” in Dalton Public Schools may be through expansion, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Bond denied for man arrested in synthetic marijuana bust

    A Dalton business owner charged in a synthetic marijuana bust was denied bond Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014