It was a great event in Columbia today for the Groundbreaking for Howard County Veterans Monument and Neighborhood Square.

Here are 140+ photos I got at the event this morning (click image below to view all photos on Facebook):

The Neighborhood Square will be named for longtime Howard County resident and community leader Vivian C. Bailey, better known as “Ms. Millie,” in recognition of her military service during World War II and her lifelong commitment to public service.  The new park, to be known as the “Vivian C. ‘Millie’ Bailey Neighborhood Square,” is being developed by Howard Hughes Corporation as part of the Downtown Columbia redevelopment effort. The multi-use park will also serve as home for the Howard County Veterans Monument, which is being developed by the Howard County Veterans Foundation, Inc.  The Foundation has raised $375,000, nearly one-third of its $1.2 Million goal for construction and ongoing maintenance of the monument. Sources of funding to-date include in-kind and cash contributions from Howard Hughes Corporation and other local businesses, as well as a one-time grant from Howard County and unsolicited pledges and donations from private donors.

It was great to see some many people at the event today. I wish it would have been a bit cooler (it was darn hot out there running around and getting photos).

Enjoy the photos and your weekend.

Scott E