By Tommy Clack
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of soldiers who fought and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Its mission is “On behalf of the American people, lay to rest those who have served our nation with dignity and honor, treating their families with respect and compassion, and connecting guests to the rich tapestry of the cemetery’s living history, while maintaining these hallowed grounds befitting the sacrifice of all those who rest here in quiet repose.” Arlington National Cemetery is mostly known for Kennedy’s Eternal Flame and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is always under guard every second of every day.
WALK OF HEROES/Veterans War Memorial is being built as a Nation wide endeavor and is 900’ long seeking to share the costs of Freedom both in War and on the Home Front, covering Americans Service and Sacrifice from January 1900 through the current time. Located on the shores of Lake Randy Poynter, within Black Shoals Park, in North Rockdale County, Georgia, this unique complex currently has $2.8 Million completed, of the eventual $34 Million proposed.
Within the three acres are a Fountain, entry arch and a 6’ presentation containing five life like Bronze Statues detailing a member of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and at the furthermost point a Stage area for public programs. From the Statues to the Stage is a Timeline Walk with 70 12’ Marble Bands detailing a specific year’s involvement of America’s military. Within the Statue area are currently positioned 1,100+ Pavers highlighting a specific veteran’s military service; and, all veterans, or their family members, are encouraged to place a Paver to honor their Service and Sacrifice. Yet to be completed, along the Timeline Walk, are six 100’ wide half-circle Conclaves to specifically honor the service and sacrifice during WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf 1990-91 and the Global War on Terror; and, on the opposite side walkway will be two 150’ sections dedicated to the Home Front of those six Wars. Within the 900’ Memorial there are 80,000 Pavers that can honor the first 80,000 to respond; and, America has had 35 Million citizens who have served since January 1900. This Memorial honors any/all citizens who served in peacetime, during War and on Active Duty or in the Reserves or National Guard. Once completed, this will become “The Arlington of the South!” Go to www.walkofheroes.org and take the Virtual Tour to view what will be presented within the WALK OF HEROES/Veterans War Memorial.
Tommy Clack is the President/Chairman of the Board for the WALK OF HEROES/Veterans War Memorial. For more information visit www.walkofheroes.org or call 404.401.7142.