Artist rendering of Veterans' Walk of Honor unveiled at Friday news conference

From Staff Reports

   An artist rendition of the Carter County Veterans' Walk of Honor, soon to be constructed in downtown Elizabethton, was unveiled Friday by members of the Elizabethton-Carter County Veterans War Memorial Committee at a news conference at City Hall.
   The Walk of Honor will span 340 feet from the present Veterans War Memorial on Pine Street, across Elk Avenue, to East E Street. The Walk will feature bricks made of black granite stone inscribed in silver letters with the name and branch of service of Carter County veterans now in service and those who have been honorably discharged.
   Deacon Bowers, chairman of the Veterans War Memorial Committee, said more than 2,200 bricks have been sold, at $50 each. The deadline to purchase a brick at the payment window, City Hall, 136 S. Sycamore St., Elizabethton, is Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
   The American flags and flags of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and MIA/POW will be flown above the Walk of Honor.
   "We are proud of all Carter County veterans and recognize the personal sacrifices made by them and their families. The Walk of Honor will forever preserve their names for present and future generations," Bowers said.
   There are 52 MIAs and POWs from Carter County.
   Cost of construction of the Walk of Honor, including labor and materials, is estimated between $160,000 and $180,000. Revenue from the sale of bricks, public donations and in-kind contributions are expected to defray construction costs. Labor will be furnished by the Carter County Annex Community Service group.
   Reedy and Sykes Architects and Design, Elizabethton, are the architects. Construction on the Walk of Honor will begin this spring on land provided by the City of Elizabethton.
   The Elizabethton-Carter County Veterans War Memorial was dedicated on Veterans Day 2002. It honors 256 Carter Countians killed in combat in all wars since World War I. Their names are inscribed in gold letters on a monument made of black granite stone.