Hannibal is offering a permanent way to remember and honor veterans who have served our country. 

The Veterans Services Commission is working with the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department to build a veteran's memorial at the Cardiff Hill Overlook. The pathway to the overlook, which stands at the base of the old Mississippi River bridge, will be paved with bricks with the name of a service member.

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 1 and 2 and Spanish American 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.

The pathway bricks must have name of a service member, but does not have to be a Hannibal resident.  The bricks may be purchased by loved ones to honor a member of the military. The customized bricks may be purchased for $125 per brick. Additional donors of $500 or more will be listed on a plaque adjacent to the memorial.

More information about the veterans memorial is available at hannibalparks.org.