On December 7, Americans mark the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an event that launched us into World War 2.

To honor the veterans of that war, and all conflicts demanding the call of our service members, the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department is building a new memorial. 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. The bricks must have name of a former or current service member. The bricks may be purchased by loved ones to honor a 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, the craft was used in World Wars I and II and 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 the general, not the city, the Navy sent the city of Hannibal the bell in the late 1940s.

More information about the veterans memorial is available HERE.