On this 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department is offering a way to honor area veterans. The Veterans Memorial and Freedom Bell will be built in Cardiff Hill Overlook, allowing a beautiful view of the Mississippi River.

The pathway will consist of memorial bricks which must have name of a service member on it. That name does not have to be of a Hannibal resident, former or current. The bricks may be purchased by loved ones to honor any member of the military.

The memorial will include a bell from the U.S.S. Hannibal ship, which the U.S. Navy built in 1898.  That particular ship was used in World Wars 1 and 2 as well as the  Spanish America War. The ship was decommissioned in 1944 and sunk off coast of Virginia and made into a reef.

Even though the ship was named after a general, not the City of Hannibal, the Navy sent the City of Hannibal the bell in the late 1940's.

More information about the Veteran's Memorial can be found at: www.hannibalparks.org/news/2018/12/31/veterans-memorial-and-freedom-bell/