Soni Martin, professor of art at Fayetteville State University, and coordinator of the project, said Ashe County was the last of 100 counties to undergo the ceremonial preparation.
The original date in December had to be postponed due to weather, and the event had been moved up from Friday of last week to Wednesday to avoid a similar weather forecast.
The five veterans were accompanied by family members, and there were three commissioners present along with the county manager, other county officials, and several interested community members.
said it was one of the best attended of those events held around the state.
said there were seven other artists handling the castings, each with 12 counties, and she
had 16 counties.
At some events, there were no community members and no media, she
was pleased to see the turnout at Ashe County's event.
Martin was also presented a gift of Ashe County cheese by County Manager Dan McMillan.
For the artists, Martin
said, this project had begun as a job but became an honor as they met and got to know veterans from each of the 100 counties.