Veterans Walk of Honor
Tyffany West Park
December 28, 2010
Photo by Charles
Marvin Paul Sizemore
96th Infantry Division
This is perhaps the most famous photograph taken by Master Sergeant Al
Chang, United States Army, during the early days of the Korean War.
During the defense of the Pusan Perimeter, on August 28, 1950,
Master Sergeant Chang photographed Master Sergeant Frank L. Chandler of the Army's
Regimental Combat Team
comforting a soldier who has just identified a dead GI as his best
friend. The medic in the background is identified as Corporal Joseph Villaflor
from Eleele, Kauai, Hawaii. This photo was nominated for the Pulitzer
Prize. Al Chang died in 2007. Many more of Master Sergeant Chang's photographs
are on display at the 25 Infantry Division museum. The museum is located
at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
The Walk of Honor is a permanent commemorative walkway that is
paved with bricks engraved with the names of honored men and women who
have served our great country. It parallels the picturesque Neuse
River as it winds its way through the beautifully landscaped Tiffany
West, Pearson Parks and the Nature Center.. Sitting areas and
the Memorials afford quiet places for
reflection and tribute.
The groundbreaking ceremony for phase one of the Walk of Honor
was during the month of September, 2003. On Veterans Day, 2003, veterans
marched to the starting point of the Walk during the Salute! to Veterans
Festival. It was officially dedicated to all the men and women who have
served in our armed forces since the birth of this nation.
Phase two of the Walk of Honor was begun on April 28,
2004. This phase overlooks the beautiful Neuse River. One section of
the Walk surrounds the CSS Neuse monument and is reserved to honor
individuals who served during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
The third addition to Walk took place in November 2005 with construction of the Vietnam
Memorial. This Memorial contains engraved bricks for the twenty-three
soldiers killed in action during that war.
December 14, 2005, Last Firebase Veterans Archive Project, original builder and
owner, donated the
Walk to Salute! A Tribute to America's Veterans.
for Phase Four was held on May 27, 2006. This phase, is named the
911 Emergency Services Memorial. It is dedicate to those personnel who were
killed on September 11, 2001. It honors those individuals who have
served or are serving in any organized emergency service, such as law
enforcement, fire fighting, rescue and emergency services personnel. It was
completed and dedicated on September 11, 2006. During March and April of
2009, this Memorial was completely rebuilt. The picture in the upper
right hand corner of this page reveals it's new beauty.
In May 2007
two six by eight feet additions were added to the military section of the
Tiffany West Walk. One was dedicated to family of Henry Blizzard. The family honors
sixteen of their family who have worn the uniforms of this nation,
beginning during the Civil War and ending in 1974, 116 years.
The other is
honors the Korean War's "Killed In Action" and Steven Jewell who was
killed Iraq. He is the only person from Lenoir County killed in action
since the Vietnam War.
The latest addition connects
the Walk and the Chamber of Commerce's
Walk of Honor web site contains an online archive of all
honorees, along with biographies and photos when available. The website
also details news and information pertaining to the
Walk. For information on how you can help build the Walk
of Honor, click on "how you can help"
All funds received from brick
sales are used only for operation, maintenance and
of the Walk of Honor.
The founder of the Walk of Honor is
Theodore Lane (Ted) Sampley
(click on the above to view his webpage)
Click Here for Page Two
H. Mc Lawhorn, Curator
252 522 0517
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183 Academy Heights Road,| Kinston, NC 28504
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Will Andersen is planning a surprise for his father.
The New 911 Emergency
The Placing of First Brick
The date of the above picture,
by the late Charles Buchanan,
is October 22, 2003
Capt Max Noftsger
US Army Air Force
WWII, US Air Force
Distinguished Flying Cross
Sergeant Ray Eubanks
503rd PRCHT INF
Medal of Honor
Dutch New Guinea
23 July 1944