Groundbreaking planned for Walkway of Honor

By Rozella Hardin
star staff
rhardin@starhq.com

  The Veterans War Memorial Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 18, to make plans for the groundbreaking of the proposed Veterans Walkway and Wall of Honor.
  According to David Ornduff, a member of the committee, a date for the groundbreaking will be set at that time.
  The Walkway will be built on the old East Tennessee Railway right-of-way linking Elk Avenue with E Street near the Pine Street intersection.
  "The railroad ties have been removed. There are some rails that have to be removed, and preparation of the site will require some grading and leveling. Concrete footers will then be built for the wall," Ornduff said.
  The War Memorial Committee sold a total of 3,581 bricks which will be placed in the Wall of Honor. The black granite bricks will be inscribed with the names of Carter County veterans. "Some are in memory of veterans, some in honor," said Ornduff.
  The bricks are in the process of having the names inscribed on them by a Georgia company. Delivery is expected within the next 30 to 60 days said Deacon Bowers, chairman of the committee.
  Ornduff said once the groundbreaking ceremony is over, work will begin in earnest on the site. The work will be done by the inmates from the Carter County Work Camp.
  Also, the organization at its October 18 meeting is expected to finalize plans for its annual Veterans Day program, which will be held at the Veterans War Memorial at the corner of Elk Avenue and Pine Street. "This has become a very meaningful way to remember our veterans and we appreciate those who participate and attend," said Bowers. Plans for the Veterans Day program will be announced at a later date.