Doughboy Statue being hoisted in place at Dowdy Park in Summerville
Saturday, May 29th, at 2 pm near the Veterans Memorial in Dowdy Park in Summerville, Georgia, the Spirit of the American Doughboy Statue will be rededicated in memory of those who lost their lives and served during World War I. The rededication is being done through collaboration between local Veteran organizations, community volunteers, and the City of Summerville. Descendants of World War I Veterans, along with World War II Veterans are encouraged to attend as special guests. The ceremony will feature state and local officials including the Georgia Adjutant General and the Chaplain of the Georgia National Guard, musical entertainment by Trion and Chattooga Bands beginning at 1 pm, a bagpiper and a flyover of the Tiger Flight from Rome Georgia. Following the Memorial Day Remembrance Program and Rededication of “The Spirit of the America Doughboy” hotdogs and drinks will be served to those in attendance while supplies last and there will be a special patriotic musical performance by Chip Rowland.
This will be the third location for the statue since its first dedication in April 1934 on the Trion Plaza. The initial unveiling was attended by Senator Richard B. Russell. The ceremony also marked the opening of the Trion Hospital and Leila Riegel Hall, a dormitory for women who worked at the glove mill. According to news accounts, five thousand people were in attendance for the festivities. In 1988, the statue was moved to the front of the Chattooga County Memorial Home, the meeting place for the local VFW and American Legion. Recently, the veterans graciously offered to relocate the statue to the Veterans Memorial at Dowdy Park, where it will have a more prominent presence to be enjoyed by many more. The life size statue sits on a large pedestal on which there are four bronze plaques containing the names of over 400 local men who served in World War I.