Bledsoe County veterans park introduced today with Veterans Day dedication [photos]

Bledoe County's new veterans park is seen on the courthouse square on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Pikeville, Tenn.

Bledsoe County Veterans Park Board of Directors

The following is a list of the veterans who formed the board of directors to build and oversee development of the park.Ray EvansJamie JohnsonJim HousleyParky LaFayetteSam Rainey Jr.Philip EarlyJohn HargisTommy Nipper

A veteran who received nine Purple Hearts will help dedicate a new veterans park today on the Bledsoe County Courthouse square in Pikeville, Tenn.

Keynote speaker Stephen Holloway, a 68-year-old Vietnam veteran and prisoner of war who received 57 medals, said the park represents not just the soldiers but, more importantly, their sacrifices and why they made them.

For Nebraska-native and Hixson resident Holloway, it's not for a government. It's as simple as the piece of the Earth he calls home.