Pavers ready for dedication at Memorial Walk

ECU masonry shop personnel James Boyd, left, and John Phillips install new brick pavers Wednesday in the ECU Memorial Walk on campus. ECU will hold a ceremony Friday to dedicate the new engraved pavers. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services

East Carolina University’s Office of Military Programs will hold a ceremony Nov. 9 to dedicate 17 new engraved pavers added to the Memorial Walk.

Each 6-by-9-inch commemorative paver honors individuals who have provided service in support of national defense, including military service as well as participation with organizations designed to support military efforts, such as the Veterans Administration, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Support the Troops, Wounded Warriors and similar programs.

Dawn Cash-Salau, whose husband and ECU graduate Chris Cash died in combat in Iraq, will speak on service and sacrifice at the 2 p.m. ceremony. The event will be held at the Freedom Wall on the west side of Christenbury Gym, a campus site dedicated April 26, 2011 to honor the military service of ECU faculty, staff and students.

Three ECU students who died serving their country were among the first memorialized with engraved pavers at the site. They were Capt. James R. Tant, U.S. Air Force, class of ’65; 1st Lt. Frank L. Rice, U.S. Army, class of ’67; and Sgt. David J. Smith, U.S. Marine Corps, class of ’10.

James Boyd with ECU’s masonry shop pauses and reads the names on the pavers as he installs this year’s additions.

More than 140 pavers were dedicated on Veterans Day last year.

Having a place on campus to honor service at ECU is particularly important because the university has had a long and close relationship with the military and those who serve, said Dr. C. Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor of administration and finance and director of military programs. The university started one of the nation’s first Air Force ROTC programs in 1948 – one year after the U.S. Air Force was established.

The paver campaign raises funds for Army and Air Force ROTC student scholarships and is sponsored by the ECU College of Health and Human Performance and Office of Military Programs.

Friday’s event concludes several activities held on campus the past two weeks in recognition of the military and service, including the induction of the Class of 2012 Distinguished Military Service Society at ECU.

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