GAUTIER, Miss. -- A two-day dedication for the Veterans Tribute Tower took place over Thursday and Friday in Gautier.
"It was actually a four ceremony process. Thursday morning we had the process where they put the bronze ingots in the furnace and melted it. Thursday afternoon the melted bronze was pored into the cast of the bell for the tower. Friday morning that cast had hardened, was broken, and the actual bell was unveiled," Says Jackson County's Todd Trenchard.
Friday at 3:30 p.m. the polished the bell was unveiled to the public and was rang for the first time. Phil Bryant was there for the dedication ceremony outside Gautier City Hall.
The tower stands at 35 feet tall just out side of the city hall and cost around $350,000. It was paid for with grant money received by the city after Hurricane Katrina.
Many other states also have a Veterans Tower. The tower is meant to honor all United States Veterans.