The Veterans Tribute Tower, a four story, state-of-the-art carillon bell tower, was installed May 16. It stands as a beacon of appreciation to veterans — past, present, and future. After countless delays and a pandemic, this Tower stands!
The Veterans Tribute Tower was made in the USA by the Verdin Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. On May 15, the Tower was transported across four state lines by an escort of countless first responders, 30 corvettes, and over 125 motorcycles (Patriot Guard, Honor Guard Riders, etc).
The Tower has three functional cast bronze bells in addition to a state-of-the-art Schulmerich g5 Carillon audio system which plays more than 7,800 musical selections in various genres or voices. It will be heard across the entire national cemetery, an inaugural concert will be coordinated later this year.
The tower’s bells have their own history already. The bells were cast, in part, by military medals and other mementos from American wars. Contributors mailed in items old and new from near and far. Each item has a rich story which will be archived and preserved. The bells were cast with these items on March 6 during a touching ceremony at the Verdin Foundry.
The Veterans Tribute Tower was completely funded by donations made through the 501(c)3 nonprofit, Georgia National Cemetery Advisory Council. This 100% volunteer operated organization raised nearly $400,000 to fund this project. Hardscaping and landscaping around the Tower and viewing area should begin shortly and mark the completion of the project. A proper dedication of the Veterans Tribute Tower will be coordinated later this year. For updates please visit: GaNationalCemetery.org.
The Veterans Tribute Tower is located at the traffic circle just past the Public Information Center at Georgia National Cemetery. Address: 101 Scott Hudgens Drive, Canton GA 30114.
COVID NOTICE: Group flag placement events are prohibited at the cemetery due to national Covid19 restrictions. In lieu of flag placement tributes, flyovers and other private tributes are welcome.