Citizen | Vince Leibowitz
COLUMBUS—The Colorado County Veterans Walk of Honor was dedicated amid speeches, song, and remembrances Monday morning at Veterans Memorial Center in Columbus.
The walkway, a project of Vietnam Veterans of America, Columbus Chapter 1127.
Since being announced last spring, area residents have had the opportunity to purchase bricks with the names of loved ones and others who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Although VVA decided initially to do only one portion of the walkway as bricks were ordered, the group determined to lay both the north and south sides of the walkway in time for Memorial Day this year. Blank bricks currently along the walkway will be replaced with bricks containing the names of service men and women as they are ordered, organizers said.
Roger Moyers served as master of ceremonies for the event. The event began with an opening prayer by VVA 1127 Chaplin Stephen Schorer. The National Anthem was sung by Christine Yates Armstrong. Roque Castillo led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Jim Foster performed three songs including America The Beautiful, God Bless America, and God Bless the USA.
Dr. Robert Lowe and William Hargrave recognized those business and individuals who played a role in helping make the Walk of Honor a reality. Sponsors included First State Bank of Columbus, HEB of Columbus, Columbus State Bank, Woodmen Life Insurance Company, Industry State Bank, Y-3 Construction Company, Lone Star Bank of Columbus, and Drywall Construction Company.
Drew Freeman Services donated the labor to construct the walkway.
Vietnam Veteran Jay Crutchfield delivered the keynote address. David Bowman addressed the audience on the meaning of Memorial Day.
Thomas Foster discussed the Battle at Sui Tre and the Operation at Junction City, a gruesome battle in which five of his unit members died.
Jamie Batchelor performed taps, and Chaplin Stephen Schorer delivered the benediction to conclude the ceremonies.