Set in stone - work begins in earnest at Field of Honor
More than 100 tons of cut granite from a Mount Airy can make quite a statement.
In this case, the statement honors men and women who have served and defended the country through service in the military.
On Wednesday, crews began building the 67-foot high obelisk at the Carolina Field of Honor, which is scheduled to open in late May at Triad Park on E. Mountain Street at the Guilford-Forsyth county line.
Six mammoth pieces of granite were delivered to the site for the assembly of the obelisk, which will be a centerpiece of the Carolina Field of Honor. Crews will use a crane to erect the obelisk, which consists of 120 tons of granite, said Project Superintendent Daniel M. Hood.
Planning for the Carolina Field of Honor dates back four years when veterans in the Triad decided to set up an area where events could be held to honor those who served their country.
Advocates for the Carolina Field of Honor have raised money privately and from public sources for the project. A key hurdle was cleared last month when the Guilford County Board of Commissioners agreed to provide $250,000, which will allow the Carolina Field of Honor to open by Memorial Day weekend.
Democratic Commissioner Bruce Davis of High Point, an organizer of the Carolina Field of Honor project, sponsored the resolution for the funding. The cities of High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem jointly gave $25,000, while the city of Kernersville provided $10,000.
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For more information about the Carolina Field of Honor, check the website www.ncwmf.org