December 12, 2006 marked one year
since Salute! A Tribute to America's Veterans accepted ownership of the
Walk of Honor. We have accomplished quite a lot this. year. We added
eighty-five new bricks to the Walk. Construction of the 911 Emergency
Services Memorial began in August. Despite hurricane rains, we dedicated
the Memorial on September 11, 2006. There is still some work to be
completed, such as the water features, additional wall, some finish work
on the walkways and landscaping. The location of the 911 Emergency
Services Memorial is at the Woodmen of The World flagpole, at the corner
of Mitchell and Gordon Streets. This location is about midway between
the original Walk, located in the Tiffany West Park and the Vietnam
Memorial in Neuseway Veteran's Park.
Funds for this Memorial came from sale of bricks, some borrowed funds,
and the contractor who agreed to extend the time to pay the full price
of construction. You can help by buying bricks to honor someone who has
served as a member of any fire department, law enforcement agency
or emergency medical agency. Of course, we will accept contributions and
purchases of bricks for the military section of the Walk of Honor.
As part of the Salute! to Veterans Festival on November 4, 2006, we held
the first ever dedication service for the Walk. Anyone who purchased one
or more of the eighty-one new bricks was allowed to permanently place
the brick on the Walk. This ceremony was such a success that we plan to
make it an annual Salute! event. The date for the next ceremony has been
scheduled for November 9, 2007. We would like to state that commitment
was made by Salute! to the previous owner, that all funds received would be used only for maintenance and additions
to the Walk of Honor.
The theme for this addition is representative of the events that took
place on September 11, 2001 and the days that followed. Two water
fountains depict the twin towers and those who perished during the
collapse of the two buildings. The general shape is an unequal pentagon,
representative of the those who perished at the Pentagon. The walkways
depict the runways that launched the aircraft that were used as flying
bombs that resulted in the killing of the passengers and crews. As
community assets, it provides a beautiful outdoor theater for events
such as weddings, concerts, moments of meditation or any other type of
event that can be staged outdoors.
What are some of our plans for the future? In addition to what is
ongoing, we have plans in the very near future to add a new section in
the Tiffany Park area. This addition is to consist of a walkway that
will connect to the concrete walk along the banks of the Neuse River. It
will include two semi-circles, one on each side of the walkway. One will
be dedicated exclusively to US colored troop veterans of the Civil War.
Since becoming the Walk's curator, I have been asked to consider
honoring family members of foreign born wives. As you well know,
many of our veterans found love when stationed in allied countries. We
have decided to honor their request by dedicating the second semi-circle
to family members of these spouses. The requirement will be that the
member to be honored must have served or is serving as a member of the
armed forces of nations that have been allies to the United States
during WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, The Gulf War or the War on Terror.
We will ask that some type of documentation of certification be
presented with the request for a brick. These honoree qualifications
apply only to this section of the Walk. All others are stated below.
We still have plans to add a section to be dedicated to the
twelve Lenoir County soldiers who were killed in action during the
Korean War. It will include a meditation bench and the names of the
twelve KIA's. A bigger and long-term plan is to connect all three
sections of the Walk, from Tiffany West Park to the Vietnam Memorial in
Neuseway Veterans Park.
The website has presented the Walk Curator with a very big challenge.
Currently and ongoing, I have cataloged all the bricks on the Walk and
Memorials. There are approximately 350 dedicated bricks of which over
200 are not listed on the Web site. Since acquiring the Web page in May,
2006, I have been working to learn the process. or hiring someone
to do so. I have recently found that help. So I ask you to be
patient. You should soon see new names and bio's published.
To qualify to be honored on any of the Salute! Walks or Memorials,
unless otherwise stated, the honoree must have served or currently
serving as a member of the the United States Armed Forces and has been
honoralbly discharged. Qualifications for the 911 Emergency Service
Memorial are similar. The honoree must be or has been a member of any
recognized law enforcement, fire department or emergency services
To contact us, my mailing address is, Herman H Mc Lawhorn, 183 Academy
Heights Road, Kinston, North Carolina, 28504. My telephone is 252 522
0517 and my email address is
Visit Salute! A Tribute to America's Veterans web site at www.salutevets.org
for additional information.
Herman H. Mc Lawhorn, Curator and Editor.