Community gathers for Memorial Park dedication

State Reps. Lowell Russell (left) and Mark Cochran (center) and State Sen. Mike Bell (right) were all present and said a few words at the dedication of Memorial Park in Madisonville Friday.

An elected official who passed away earlier this year was recognized with a dedication ceremony in his honor last week.

The City of Madisonville held a Memorial Park dedication ceremony on Friday in honor of former Mayor Glenn Moser.

Moser passed away on Dec. 17, 2020 and at the time of his passing, he was serving as the town’s mayor.

The ceremony featured several guests ranging from local to state officials.

The ceremony was led by current Madisonville Mayor Gus Davis, who welcomed all in attendance.

“I’d like to welcome everyone to the grand opening of the Memorial Park in memory of Glenn Moser,” Davis said. “Mayor Moser loved Madisonville and he wanted nothing more than to see Madisonville prosper. He served the citizens of Madisonville over 28 years. He was elected Alderman in November of 1992 and served in the capacity until April of 2013 when he was sworn in as the mayor. He served in that role until his passing. This park is dedicated in his memory.”

Davis expressed his belief that the park will be a place where Moser’s memory will be honored moving forward.

One of the first guest speakers to take to the podium during the event was U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.

“Glenn Moser was a great man. He loved this city, he served this city long before I went to congress ... Mayor Moser was special, when he really wanted something he would come down to my office in Chattanooga and actually visit,” Fleischmann said. “He had Madisonville in his heart every moment of every day that he served and he got the job done. So to his family, I want to personally say thank you for Mayor Moser, for his legacy .... Mayor Moser’s place was a place of excellence and this park here will honor his legacy for generations to come.”

State Rep. Lowell Russell also spoke a few words, before reading a proclamation along with State Rep. Mark Cochran and State Sen. Mike Bell.

“I just want to thank you all as we gather here today to dedicate this park to Glenn Moser. We are also here to support his family,” Russell said. “I ask you to keep them in your prayers for the next few months.”

The officials then read the proclamation to honor Moser and extended their sympathy to his family.

Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram also expressed to the crowd his belief that Moser was “smiling down on them” during the ceremony.

“I believe he is looking down on us today with a smile on his face and not because this park is being dedicated to him, but because of people coming together,” Ingram stated. “Glenn was an outstanding mayor and over the last year and a half all of our mayors – both city and county – have been under great leadership from our governor. Today we are the number one state in the nation in fiscal responsibility, the third lowest in the nation in tax rate and one of the top destinations in the country to move in.”

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