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Paulding County Veterans Memorial in its 23-year home on Watson Drive in downtown Dallas.

Paulding County workers today were to begin the process of moving the county's Veterans Memorial from downtown Dallas to a park facing the county courthouse.

The new location will be in Veterans Park adjacent to the county courthouse and county government office buildings, where all relocated in 2007.

A formal dedication is set for Memorial Day on May 27, said county Operations Director Scott Greene.

Greene said contractors were set to disassemble the obelisk-shaped monument this morning and load it for transport. They then will use a 100-ton crane to reassemble it at its new home in Veterans Park by early afternoon, he said.

He said the largest piece, which is a 9-foot object, weighs only 3 tons but requires a crane because of the logistics involved in carefully placing it at its new location next to the park's main pavilion.

Greene said traffic and pedestrians should only be briefly impeded for equipment setup and maneuvering.

The memorial was dedicated in 1996 at its current location on Watson Drive behind the Winn Building, which is part of Georgia Highlands College's Paulding site in downtown Dallas.

American Legion officials said recently they wanted to move it to a more visible location. When built, it was in the middle of an area more frequented by area residents because it was adjacent to the former location of county government offices and the courthouse.

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