A quarterly newsletter of the Walk of Honor
The Walk of Honor
For Honor and Remembrance
The Walk of Honor was donated to Salute! A Tribute to America’s Veterans on December 14, 2005. Since that time, Salute! has continued to honor our veterans in the tradition of its founder, Ted Sampley. We have had a successful year.
In May 2007, we added two new sections to the Walk. Thanks to the descendents of Henry Blizzard, we dedicated a section exclusively to his family members that have served since the beginning of the Civil War. Over the next one hundred and nineteen years, sixteen members of that family have answered the call. It is our pleasure to honor them.
Beginning during World War One, American military personnel married citizens of countries that have been allied to the United States. Now those spouses may also honor immediate family members who have served in the armed forces of their native country.
Scout Clinton Odell selected the Walk of Honor as his Eagle Scout project. He has beautifully landscaped the Revolutionary and Civil War quadrangle. The project did much to improve the looks of the Walk. Thanks Clinton.
There are many notable honorees on the Walk. Richard Caswell served North Carolina as the first Commander of the Militia. He was elected as first governor of North Carolina. Ray E Eubanks, for his actions on July 23, 1944, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Navy Captain Eugene "Red" Mc Daniel, spent over six years as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam and was awarded the Navy Cross. Mickey Peacock, a veteran of the Vietnam War was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. During World War Two, Max Noftsger, a young man from Iowa, shot down two Japanese Zero’s and was awarded the Distinguish Flying Cross. Mildred Inez Caroon Bailey, a graduate of Grainger High School, joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1942 and retired thirty-three years later as Brigadier General. She was the second woman in the army to wear a star. Just to name a few.
There are over three hundred fifty veterans honored on the walk. Each one has a story. Many gave their lives. Twenty-three Lenoir County citizens from the Vietnam War are counted among them. The Salute! Vietnam Memorial is located in Neuseway Veteran’s Park.
The 911 Emergency Service Memorial, also located in Neuseway Veteran’s Park, honors our first responders, such as those who answered the call on January 29, 2003 at the West Company. The Walk honors those who have served and those who are still serving. They are the seven branches of the uniformed services and all Emergency Services organizations. As Salute! A Tribute to America’s Veterans’ project, all monies raised by the Walk must be used only for maintenance and additions of the Walk.
The Walk maintains a website (walkofhonor.com). Honoree names are listed along with a picture and biography if provided. Contact Herman H. Mc Lawhorn, Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252 522 0517
If you have purchased a brick and your honoree's name is not on the website, please contact the Curator. If your honoree is posted and you would like to add a picture and/or a biography, please mail to Herman H. Mc Lawhorn, Curator, 183 Academy Heights Road, Kinston, North Carolina 28504. I will add the information as soon as possible.
To order a brick, you may use the website. Just click on the circle that reads "order on line" and follow the instructions. You may call me at 252 522 0517 or send an e-mail to email@example.com . Just leave your address and I will mail you a brochure.
Plans are currently being completed for Salute! A Tribute to America’s Veterans Annual Veterans’ Day Festival. The dates this year are November 9, 10 and 11, 2007. Below is a tentative schedule of events. Salute! invites everyone to attend.
The Salute! Committee is open to everyone. If you would like to become a member, we meet every first and third Wednesday at King’s Restaurant. If you would like to help during Festival Week, Contact Eric Cantu, Chairperson (252 560 0589) or any member of committee. Salute! would greatly appreciate your financial assistance. Contributions maybe mailed to Salute! A Tribute to America’s Veterans. Post Office Box 1292,Kinston, NC 28502.Salute! is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization?
Walk is published by Salute! A Tribute to America's Veterans,
The Walk of Honor Project
Heman H. Mc Lawhorn, Curator and Editor