Our View: Memorial will remind us of sacrifice

Sep. 23, 2013 @ 07:55 PM

During the late 1990s, Triad leaders batted around the idea of locating a Major League Baseball franchise and complex on public land in the heart of the Triad along the Guilford-Forsyth County line. A majority of Triad residents, however, rejected the idea.
Some 15 years later, land in that area has been put to a really good use.
Next Memorial Day, the Carolina Field of Honor will hold its grand open, honoring the millions of men and women who have served in the United States armed forces. A ground-breaking ceremony for the 8.5-acre, $5 million memorial was held last week.
For the past several years, the WAR Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit group of veterans and their supporters from across the Triad and beyond, have been working to raise funds to construct the Field of Honor memorial, an idea that was conceived several years ago, not long after the baseball proposal struck out. The Carolina Field of Honor idea was a hit. Much of the $5 million cost of construction already has been raised, according to reports.
The centerpiece of the memorial will be a 60-foot-tall, 106-ton, granite obelisk that will look similar to the Washington Monument. The monument will be encircled by water, paver bricks on the Remembrance Walkway and granite stones with flags of the various service branches mounted upon them.
Back in the 1990s, the Enterprise supported the baseball proposal because of its potential to unite the Piedmont Triad and to draw visitors to this area. The Carolina Field of Honor will do the same. Additionally, the memorial will remind us today and generations in the future of the sacrifices that men and women have made to defend our freedoms.
A part of the mission statement of the WAR Memorial Foundation notes the importance of remembering the past: “The future of our country’s freedom depends on raising future generations to know the honor of serving their country. Our mission is to help children to know the stories of the many memories of Veterans and their families.”
And that is a mission which the Carolina Field of Honor will help accomplish.