Ground broken for Dora Veterans Memorial


DORA – Drivers headed down Sharon Boulevard near Dora City Hall may have noticed some construction in front of the Dora Civic Center.

Contractors for the Dora Veterans Memorial Committee broke ground on the monument area this past week. Planners began work on the new monument honoring Dora area veterans the week after Veterans Day last year and have been hard at work turning the vision into reality. The goal is to have the memorial completed by Veterans Day this year.

Laser Works of Alabama is the firm charged with preparing the ground and constructing the monument. Owner Richard Bradley has designed and built several monuments for cities in the area.

The committee members - Bob and Billie Sue Moon, James Singleton, Don and Melissa Landrum, Carolyn and Ellis McDonald, and Hezikiah Walker - have worked with Mayor Randy Stephens as well as the Dora City Council on the details for the funding and the sales of the memorial pavers. Stephens said at a recent council meeting that he expects paver sales to increase once citizen see progress on the projects.

“Once the pavers start selling, the proceeds should pay for the cost of the memorial,” he said.

The committee keeps the public updated on the `progress of the memorial on their Facebook page and the website which is www.

People in the Dora area can buy an engraved black granite brick paver to honor a family member or friend who served in the armed forces of the United States.  Anyone who would like to purchase a paver can download the form from the memorial’s website, fill it out, and return it to city hall along with $100.

The pavers will be placed around the granite monument in front of the Dora Civic Center. These will be a lasting tribute to honor those who served, according to Stephens.