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Baseball: Generals to honor children of fallen soldiers

Bronze Statue of Children Holding the American Flag

The Jackson Generals invited members of the local media out to Pringles Park last week to talk about some of the different things going on during the upcoming baseball season.

We got to hear about different promotions surrounding the transition from the team's former name of West Tenn Diamond Jaxx to the current moniker.

By the way, there are going to be a few changes this year, and I think baseball fans would do themselves a favor to check out what's going on there if it's been a while since they've attended a game at Pringles.

One thing that is in the works is a special project for the Generals' director of operations, Robert Jones.

Jones served a time of duty in the U.S. Army and is now a member of the 30th Separate Armored Brigade Association, whose main purpose is to help soldiers — mainly from West Tennessee — who are away from home with anything they need or help the families while the soldier is away from home.

Robert and the rest of the brigade association along with the Generals are looking to honor children of soldiers who have died while on duty with a statue that is planned to be in front of the entrance to the park.

The statue depicts two children climbing a mountain with an American flag. It looks similar at first glance to the famous photograph of World War II Marine soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima.

Plans are for the monument to be dedicated in April, hopefully before the Generals' home-opener on April 13.

The brigade association is raising funds for the statue's completion. Jones said most estimates have the statue around $20,000.

"The Randolph Rose Company, who is erecting the statue, discounted us on the price when they found out what it was for," Jones said. "I don't think they're making any money off the project, but we still need some more money to get it done and get it shipped down here and mounted at the park."

Anyone that would like to help can do it in one of two ways. Contributions can be mailed to the association at P.O. Box 2347 Jackson, TN 38301, or they can simply be dropped off at the front office of Pringles Park.