Commissioners commit to Field of Honor funding
The Carolina Field of Honor to recognize military veterans should be able to open by Memorial Day weekend thanks to $250,000 provided by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners.
The commissioners voted unanimously Thursday night to allocate the money, which was part of a fund to promote open, undeveloped spaces in the county, to the organizers of the project under construction at Triad Park on the Guilford-Forsyth county line.
Democratic Commissioner Bruce Davis of High Point, a backer of the Carolina Field of Honor who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, told his fellow commissioners that the $250,000 would close a funding gap. The money would allow work on the field at the park, which is along E. Mountain Street at the county line, to finish in time for the scheduled opening on the last weekend of May.
“There’s been tremendous community support for the park,” said Davis, whose seat at the commissioners table in the Old Guilford County Courthouse features a small American flag paired with the flag of the Marine Corps.
The Carolina Field of Honor has received public and private financing. Former Greensboro mayor Bill Knight, an organizer of the Carolina Field of Honor, said the cities of High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem jointly gave $25,000, while the city of Kernersville provided $10,000.
The Carolina Field of Honor, launched in 2009, will include a tribute to each branch of the service in the form of a series of granite monuments, flags, obelisks and water features. The field will feature a memorial Brick Walk recognizing individual veterans.
According to the Carolina Field of Honor website — www.ncwmf.org — a dedication ceremony is scheduled for late May.
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