The Regional Veterans Park Association committee, which oversees all aspects of the Regional Veterans Park in Zachary, has reached its first milestone of selling 100 brick pavers for the Wall of Veterans.
Each 4-by-8-inch paver costs $100 and has space for three lines of type with 18 characters per line, and can be engraved with names and service information of area veterans. An honorary certificate will be sent to the families of veterans memorialized on the pavers.
The Veterans Park will be constructed on the fitness trail behind Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St.
The park will provide Zachary residents, as well as those from around the region, a place to honor and pay tribute to veterans who have served in order to protect our rights and freedoms, committee member John Taylor said.
At the park’s entrance, a 12-foot metal archway will feature emblems of all military branches — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine — and will appear on park benches placed along the trail.
Estimated to cost $41,000, construction of the park begins in the fall, and funding will come from in-kind donations, sponsorships, the sale of the pavers and Park Association membership dues.
The committee said the park will be finished in time for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Park committee members include Robert Anderson, Richard Averitt, Chris Calbert, Bill Gaines, Terry Gomez, Royce Hempel, Howard McDaniel, Greg McDougall, Julie McLin, Lonny Myles, Randy Olson, John Patton, Frank Ragsdale, W.C. Shaw, Will and Laura Steen, Roy Stewart, Taylor and Bill Waters.