The lawn in front of Freeport City Hall was filled with veterans and those who came to honor them at the Nov. 12 Veterans Day celebration.

The guests overlooked the town’s Veterans Memorial, which has been steadily growing since it was first dedicated in 2010, thanks to the Freeport Town Planters and generous private and business donations.

Last year, service flagpoles from all military branches were donated to the city by Woodmen of the World Lodge 10. These rose to accompany the Florida and American flags and the bronze statue of an eagle taking off into flight, central to the memorial.

This year, it was the men who live on in our memories that were honored, with a Fallen Soldiers monument and a POW flagpole and granite bench.

“It’s a tribute to every man and woman who … lost their lives in freedom’s fight,” said Tim Ard with the Veterans Memorial Committee and Freeport Town Planters, an unaffiliated fundraising arm for the city. The initial memorial bore a price tag of upwards of $35,000 and the newest addition cost $20,000.

Commissioner Scott Brannon and incoming commissioners Bill Imfeld and Bill Chapman, as well as school board member Gail Smith, were on-hand for the unveiling.