Fundraising for the Walkway of Honor, a brick footpath through the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond honoring Southside veterans, is halfway home.
However, more work needs to be done before the $100,000 goal is reached, according to Ted Daniel, former South Boston town manager, who along with Joyce Inge French, former executive director of Southside Planning District Commission, are spearheading the effort to secure sponsorship for the Walkway of Honor.
South Boston Town Council approved a $5,000 donation to the Walkway of Honor initiative at its Aug. 12 meeting.
A pledge of $5,000 includes four bricks for the Walkway of Honor, the cost for two bricks is $2,500 and the cost for one brick is $1,000.
“I’m confident we’re going to make it at this point,” Daniel said earlier this week.
Successful completion of the project will see a granite marker at the entrance to the Walkway of Honor properly identifying the sponsorship of the businesses and citizens of Southside Virginia.
Three sections at the front of the walkway will be reserved for Southside Virginia as part of the venture.
Daniel and French chose to sponsor the Walkway of Honor sponsorship because of its high visibility on the War Memorial grounds in the state capital, and the fact that visitors’ first view of the Memorial Walkway of Honor with its bricks of honor will be those of Southside Virginia veterans.
Citizens are able to purchase engraved bricks with personalized messages honoring veterans at the Virginia Memorial at any time, but this project is specific to Southside Virginia veterans, according to Daniel.
“What we’re going to do is put a big stone at the front, and the first section of bricks will be reserved for Southside Virginia veterans, first for Company “F” and other World War II veterans,” explained Daniel.
“We aren’t going to give up on our veterans,” the Vietnam War Air Force veteran continued. “I’m thinking next year we may do something to honor Korean War veterans.
“We’re halfway there, but we’re real anxious to get some additional contributions,” he added.