Work on Veterans Walkway of Honor will begin soon

By Rozella Hardin

   Work on the Veterans Walkway of Honor is expected to begin next week with the removal of the railroad tracks between Elk Avenue and E Street at the Pine Street intersection.
   Deacon Bowers, chairman of the committee, said 3,550 bricks were sold for the wall of honor. "Presently, the names are being alphabetized, and the committee will meet this week to decide on whom to award the contract for the granite bricks on which veterans' names will be inscribed in gold," Bowers said. The bricks were sold for $50 each. The personalized bricks will include a veterans' name and branch of service.
   "It will take about 90 days to get the bricks for the wall," said Bowers, who noted that the bricks will be placed in two walls seven feet tall on either side of the concrete walkway. The walkway from the Veterans War Memorial Park across Elk Avenue will be constructed of brick pavers. Bowers said plans call for widening the sidewalk at the Elk Avenue-Pine Street intersection, where two park benches will be placed. Also, seven stainless steel flagpoles will be installed at the site, where the flags of each branch of the military will be flown along with the POW/MIA flag. Bowers said a plaque containing the names of Distinguished Service Cross recipients from Carter County will also be displayed at the site. "There were only six recipients and they are dead now," Bowers said.
   The walkway will be lighted with reflector lights which will shine from the ground up on the wall. "It is going to be a beautiful walkway and memorial, and will make everyone in Carter County proud. It certainly will be an asset to the downtown," Bowers said.
   He said prisoners from the Carter County Work Camp at Roan Mountain will supply the labor. Hopefully, the walkway will be completed by this fall. Dedication of the walkway is planned for Veteran's Day.