TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After seven years over four-hundred and 50 bricks have been laid to honor those who have served in the United States military at Vigo County Veterans Memorial Park.
Veterans took their bricks marked with their names, rank and the branch they served in and laid them in the ground.
Navy veteran Cliff Stephens says being able to lay his own brick allowed him to reflect on his time in the Navy.
“It made me feel proud that I did the job I did for my country and my family. God, country, family is the way it goes. So I felt proud I was able to do part,” said Stephens.
Larry Dietz an Air Force veteran says they wanted to remind Veterans about the importance of being there for each other. He says this is just one of the many ways they were able do so.
“It’s important to us because we’re a bunch of old vets and you know being vets we wanted to do something,” said Dietz. “We just put it together and tried to come up with something that works and ended up with what you saw today and I don’t think that’s too bad.”
Stephens says laying these bricks will also serve as a reminder to the legacy veterans have left behind.
“To remind people what the price paid for their freedom,” said Stephens. “To respect the fact that these veterans have paid a lot even those who are still alive have paid a bad, a hard price to give us the freedom that we have today.”
Stephens explains when they see veterans bring their families to help lay their bricks, it makes the organization feel great and shows that what they’re doing is worth it.