Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Murphy Veterans Tribute
An enthusiastic group of dignitaries, well-wishers and those involved in the Murphy Veterans
Tribute project braved the cool weather to attend the groundbreaking ceremony held on Veterans
Day at 3 p.m. at the site of the tribute. Brian Epstein, construction lead of the project, made
opening remarks thanking those in attendance for coming and for their support. He then stated
the significance of this day in history.
“Veterans Day was previously known as Armistice Day and began on the eleventh hour of the
eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. It marked the signing of an armistice by the allies of
WWI and Germany ceasing hostiles between the signing parties. Today marks the 100th
anniversary of this signing,” Epstein said.
Epstein then introduced Mary Pat Elledge who spoke of the efforts put forth by the Murphy
Veterans Tribute committee, a committee of the Murphy Historical Society, and explained how
well this project has been received, not only by the businesses, but also the citizens of Murphy
and surrounding areas. She thanked the mayor and city boards for their support and for grants
that were approved allowing us to progress to where we are today.
Mayor Scott Bradley was then introduced and shared the military background of his family and
his own background of military involvement. He reinforced the fact that this is a project that will
be beneficial to the city and will be supported by himself and the city as it continues to move
forward. If you would like to become involved in this project or make a donation to this 501 (c) 3
tax deductible organization, please visit our website at MurphyVeteransTribute.org for further