Veterans Day ceremony will feature Walk of Honor groundbreaking


Photo by John Bryant
Reflecting at the War Memorial
John Smith, a Navy veteran who served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, stops by the War Memorial Park to reflect. A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. today at the park, followed by groundbreaking for the proposed Veterans Walkway of Honor. Also, a Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Happy Valley High School by the Carter County United Veterans Council.

  A groundbreaking for the new Elizabethton-Carter County Veterans Walk of Honor will highlight the Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans War Memorial Park, located at the intersection of Elk Avenue and Pine Street.
  The Veterans War Memorial, constructed with public donations and in-kind contributions, honors 256 Carter Countians killed in combat in all wars since World War I. The memorial was dedicated on Nov. 11, 2002, and since then has been the site of numerous ceremonies honoring veterans.
  The Veterans Walk of Honor, phase two of the War Memorial project, will salute present and former veterans from Carter County who were honorably discharged. Their names and branch of service will be inscribed on 3,581 bricks, made of granite stone, which were sold at $50 each for the project. The bricks will be placed in a wall, 340 feet long, to be constructed between Elk Avenue and East E Street in the Walk of Honor.
  The American flag as well as flags of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as the MIA/POW flag, will be a feature of the Walk of Honor.
  The groundbreaking will follow a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans War Memorial at 11 a.m. Thursday announces Deacon Bowers, chairman of the Elizabethton-Carter County Veterans War Memorial Committee.
  Bowers said the costs of construction of the Walk of Honor, including labor and materials, is estimated between $160,000 and $180,000. The Walk of Honor is scheduled to be dedicated on Veterans Day of 2005.
  Among those participating in the Veterans Day Ceremony at the War Memorial will be the U.S. Marine Corps, which will be in charge of the wreath-laying ceremony and the 21-gun salute; Loretta Bowers Newton, who will perform a medley of patriotic songs; Jeff Kleiber, the playing of Taps; Rev. Bobby Stout, who will offer the invocation, and Rev. Bruce Hendrich, the benediction.
  Members of the Veterans War Memorial Committee include Deacon Bowers, chairman; Roy Merryman, vice chairman; David R. Ornduff, secretary-treasurer; Ralph Cole, Jeanette Hitchcock, Sara Sellers, Rusty Crowe, Bob Robinson and Samuel B. Shipley.