Fisher House Project in Gainesville
Yesterday President Obama visited Orlando to kick off his initiative of having 250 higher-education institutions help veterans get degrees and certificates.
And here in Alachua County... a place to house veterans while they receive treatment at the VA Hospital is slated to open later this year.
More than 60 years ago 136 Alachua County residents were killed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
On Memorial Day 2002, those soilders were officially recognized.
A 40 feet flagpole with plaques listing the names of those who died stands on the side of Archer Road and Southwest 23rd Terrace.
136 trees were also planted along Archer Road dedicated in memory of their sacrifice.
Those trees are now fully grown.
Gainesville's new Fisher House set to open by the end of the year near the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center on Archer Road will provide a free place to stay for family members of patients who are being treated at the VA.
"This memorial would be a fitting pathway to the fisher house because everybody that comes off 75, to drive to the VA hHospital would go right by the memorial," said Don Sherry, Chairman of the Alachua County Veteran's Advisory Board.
Every year the local chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association ties a yellow ribbon around each tree in memory of their fallen comrades.
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