About 200 people turned out Saturday, despite cool cloudy weather, to witness the dedication of the new Veterans’ Honor Walk erected at Grove City Hall.
The Ridgerunner marching band played patriotic tunes, and organizer Ben Hynum addressed the crowd.
Hynum, who is quick to say that the whole community made the project happen, first had the idea for the memorial a few years ago.
“I went down to Louisiana where I grew up,” Hynum explained, recounting how his granddaughter went with him to see all the places he had known as a child.
They visited a small town just north of Wisner, where he grew up, and took a walk in the city park.
“They had a veterans memorial with a walk of honor, and I said, ‘Why doesn’t Grove have something like this?’” Hynum said.
Hynum was a career military officer before his retirement. He served in both the navy and the army, and saw active duty in three wars.
Suhor Industries of Parsons, KS. will be furnishing the monument and the pavers for the Honor Walk. The veterans and their families will be reimbursing Suhor for the cost of the monument and the pavers by purchasing granite pavers for $50 each. The pavers will be engraved with the name, rank, branch of service and the area served (WWII, VN, Korea, etc).
The Grove community has come together to supply all the materials, including granite benches, flagpoles and service flags, tile for the pad and everything needed to finish the memorial, at no cost to the City of Grove.
Donors include: Gary Whitehill (excavating for the pad and walkway); Tom Roberts (finish work on pad and walkway); Mill Creek Lumber (lumber for framing the pad and walkway); Green Country Concrete (concrete for the pad and walkway); Lowes, tile for the pad; Randy Busby, laying the tile for the pad; Belden Electric, wiring, floodlights and timer for lighting the pad at night; Reliable Fence, excavating for the flagpoles; Bank of Grove, Grove General Hospital and Grand Prosthetics (granite benches); and Steve Durbin and family, Bank of Oklahoma, Darrell Mastin, Rinker Century21, Arvest Bank, Grand Home Center and Grand Savings Bank, (Flagpoles and service flags).
Applications for the pavers can be picked up at Bank of Grove, Bank of Oklahoma, Grand Savings Bank, Arvest Bank, IBC Bank, Community Center, Grand Lake Association, Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, VFW, American Legion and the First National Bank.
Individuals may still purchase paving stones with the names of family members or friends who have served in the armed forces for $50 apiece. The pavers may be engraved with names of veterans, living, deceased, from this area, or from somewhere else.