May 2, 2012 EditionAlso in this issue...
Alicia residents Mickie Hodges Baker and Jamie Haigwood are doing their part to make sure that veterans receive the credit they deserve for their service to the country.
The two are creating a park, which will be called the "Walk of Honor," in Alicia to recognize veterans from any branch, any war or anywhere in the United States.
Baker gives credit for the idea to her mother, Marjorie Hodges, who wanted to honor veterans including her husband, Harold B. Hodges, who is a Navy veteran.
"We were listening to the news and they were talking about how veterans were not honored and appreciated as much as they should be," Baker said.
"Mom said, 'We need a monument,' and we (Jamie and I) kind of ran with it."
Original plans were to locate the park next to the Alicia Fire Station and Community Center. However, when Haigwood found out a larger piece of property was available across the street, he purchased it for the project.
Concrete walkways and mounts for different parts of the monument have been completed by Paul Ragsdale of Black Rock.
"He did a great job," she said. "He did exactly what I asked for."
She said she has had excellent assistance from everyone she has worked with so far including Needham Monument, east of Jonesboro, Sharon's Place in Pocahontas and Sign Mart in Jonesboro.
Baker outlined plans for several monuments, as well as individual gardens to be located within the park. She said artists are currently working on designs for parts of the monuments, and plans are underway for signs and landscaping.
One area of the park will be designated to honor children lost in the terrorist attacks in Oklahoma City and on Sept. 11, 2001.
Those wishing to honor a veteran can purchase a brick for $35. The veteran can have served in any branch of military service during war or peacetime. Baker said they also do not have to live in Lawrence County, and she would really love to have representation from all across the country.
Those honored on the walk will also have their photo and information displayed on the Wall of Honor inside the Alicia Community Center.
Volunteers are needed to help do work at the site, including moving dirt and landscaping.
Anyone who would like to volunteer or purchase a brick can call Haigwood at 870-759-1946 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.