The Delaware County courthouse walkway is getting a face-lift filled with veterans’ names.
The American Legion out of Jay has organized with the county to build a $80,000 veterans memorial called the “Veterans Walk of Honor.”
“I have sold at least 500 bricks so far,” said Robert Lawson, the organizer of the memorial. He has room to fit 1,800 bricks into the memorial. Each brick can be bought and engraved with a veteran’s name. The bricks are $100 each or two for $50. The cost of the bricks helps pay for the memorial. There are also ten flags inside the memorial representing each branch in the military. Those were each sponsored by a group that went to funding the project.
“It's very motivational for me because we get to tell our war stories,” said Lawson after talking about selling 500 bricks in just a few weeks. “One woman bought 12! All for her military family, uncles, brothers, aunts. We have six or eight Civil War veterans, some are CSA (Confederate States of America) some are Union. One of them was a very important General, General Stand Watie; I believe he was a Brigadier General; his brick will be in here.”
General Stand Watie was from Grove. He is known as the last Confederate General to surrender during the Civil War. During the war he was also the only full-blooded Native American to receive that rank.
“It chokes you up where you can't talk,” said veteran Robert Herbaugh, after he bought two bricks; one for his son serving overseas in the United States Air Force and one brick for himself. “We never got welcomed home,” said Herbaugh as he thought back to when he returned stateside after serving in Vietnam. “It's real emotional now because when we came home from Vietnam and nobody liked us; no one wanted us around.”
He was pleased to honor his son by buying a brick in his name even before he returns home.
Veteran Larry Hurt of Desert Storm was also moved by the beginnings of the Veterans Walk of Honor.
“This is a great honor for anyone who served in the military,”
Hurt just returned from a trip with other Patriot Guard Riders to Washington D.C.’s memorials. He wished there would be something closer to his home in Delaware County where he could honor his veterans brothers, and now there will be one.
“Not everyone can go to Washington DC and see the monuments.”
That is the purpose of the “Veterans Walk of Honor” memorial, to be a place for locals to honor their heroes.
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