Forsyth County will soon have a memorial for soldiers in World War II and a Veterans Day Celebration to honor them.
Forsyth County Commissioners voted 4-0, with District 2 Commissioner Dennis Brown absent, to approve a sole source contract with the county’s development authority and sculptor Gregory Johnson for a World War II memorial sculpture at the Forsyth County Courthouse.
“We are going to try to plan a really special Veterans Day unveiling,” said District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills. “Next year is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and we have some organizations already talking about that they would like to be part of it.”
The project will total $146,000. The development authority will contribute $20,000 and the rest will come from the county, first from existing funds, then to be replaced by special 1-percent sales tax, or SPLOST, funds.
County Attorney Ken Jarrard said at the meeting the sculpture would be “humane” and of a liberator.
In documents to the county, Johnson said the sculpture would feature an 81-inch tall World War II soldier with era-appropriate equipment and a soup can and spoon, along with two European children, a girl statue measuring 56 inches and a boy at 40.5 inches.
Johnson said in the agreement that the heights were “at life plus one-eighth.” The work will also feature a cart with “two fragmented wheels and hitch … to create an interesting scene” and will feature a bronze information plaque.
The statue is planned for a circular brick area outside the courthouse and across the street from the county’s administration building.
Johnson also sculpted the other statues downtown: John Forsyth outside the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office headquarters; Hiram Parks Bell, a Confederate colonel and state and federal lawmaker at the Cumming City Hall; Lady Justice outside the Forsyth County Courthouse; and a chicken and young girl at the administration building.