Judge Jim Wilbanks summed it up succinctly.
“It’s nice to be somewhere they are putting up monuments, not tearing them down,” Wilbanks told a reporter on Saturday at a ceremony which featured the unveiling of a new marker in Veterans Memorial Park in Chatsworth.
Wilbanks was one of several dozen people who looked on as Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dwight Hunt and Chatsworth resident and veteran Linda Spivey took the wraps off a monument dedicated to women who served in the military.
Hunt, a Whitfield County native who now lives in Northern Virginia where he is president and CEO of the B3 Group, was instrumental in financing the monument, according to Spivey.
“I didn’t know anything about this park until Linda told me about her vision for it,” said Hunt. “It’s easy to get involved in projects with the bigger charities, but I felt like we could make more of an impact dealing with something smaller, where we would actually see the impact.”
Spivey, who served as an Army WAC (Women’s Army Corps) from 1961-63, is a business associate of B3 Group, according to Hunt.
Spivey said the two met at a cookout two years ago and discussed the monument. The next time they met, Hunt presented her with a check which covered the cost of building the monument.
“I thought Dwight might help us out, but I had no idea he’d make a donation that would allow us to do this much faster than we expected,” said Spivey.
Spivey had been raising money from local donations. That money will be used for additional expenses like pouring the concrete.
“I really appreciate everything he has done for me,” said Spivey. “He has made a big impact. Dwight is s great guy. He’s a veteran and he loved our country.”