Blount County unveiled an upgraded War Dead Memorial on this Veterans Day. The memorial sits at the front steps of the Blount County Courthouse, paying tribute to the men and women who died serving our country.

The United Veterans added a special Veterans Walk of Honor with bricks engraved with the names of veterans, both living and deceased.

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One veteran became emotional when he found his best friend's name while walking the Walk of Honor.

"I'm proud of this. It's beautiful. Very beautiful," said Roger Lowe, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. "All the veterans in Blount County have come together and done this job and it's just outstanding. I'm so very, very proud."

A time capsule was also added to the new building to be opened by future generations.

These upgrades come 50 years after the original dedication of the War Dead Memorial in Blount County.