Now, a group of Clay County citizens have started generating donations for the final phase of the Vietnam War Memorial at the Clay County Courthouse.
On Thursday, representatives from Quality Fence, Terre Haute, came to Brazil to place fencing around the memorial.
John Nicoson, one of many who have spearheaded the reclamation project, said placing fencing around the memorial was the third phase of the project.
Nicoson said the first phase was to place plaques with the names of Clay County soldiers who died in action during the Vietnam War. The second phase was to have the Vietnam War Memorial etched on the front of the bench.
The final phase is to construct a sidewalk that will extend from the walkway on the northwest side of the courthouse to the memorial.
Donations have helped spur the process.
"I think this makes a beautiful addition to our courthouse," Nicoson said Thursday.
"When (Vietnam veterans) came back, there was no respect," Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown said. "There should be some respect shown to them. This is long overdue.
"It's about time. We're trying to correct a wrong."
Nicoson said they hope to have the fourth phase of the project completed before Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. Work on the project began in January this year.
Nicoson said the sidewalk will be 4-feet wide and 36-feet in length.
"We're still looking for donations," he said.
Anyone interested in donating to the project should send donations to Clay County Veterans Service Officer Mike Holland. The office is located on the first floor of the Clay County Courthouse.