Battleground Soil Given Place of Honor in Atlanta

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ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta History Center's dedication of its redone Veterans Park will include a ceremony with soil from major battleground sites.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Monday's ceremony was the idea of Richard Lester, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who played a role in helping plan the Veterans Park updates.

Lester has been able to acquire soil from several spots, from Vietnam to Tinian Island's North Field where the Enola Gay departed for its bombing mission to Japan.

Sheffield Hale is CEO of the history center and says they will be placing the soil samples in a time capsule to be covered with a large seal of the United States carved of Elberton granite.

A similar ceremony was held at a dedication at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus.

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