By Matthew Lane
KINGSPORT — A new sentinel now stands watch over the Kingsport Veterans Memorial.
The 6-foot, 4-inch tall bronze statue — meant to represent all branches of the U.S. Military — was placed on a granite pedestal in the plaza area of the memorial on Monday. It will be dedicated at a Veterans Day event on Nov. 12 beginning at 11 a.m.
This statue marks the second sentinel to be placed in the memorial. The first one, placed two years ago, was quickly removed soon after Veterans Day when many local veterans said it resembled a Chinese soldier.