The National Infantry Foundation has launched "In the Footsteps of Heroes", a commemorative paver campaign designed to honor heroes of all kinds.
During a Thursday afternoon press conference at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Ga, MG(Ret) Jerry White, the foundation's chairman, announced details of the project.
The foundation will sell 4" x 8" granite pavers that can be engraved with a custom message. Each paver holds three lines of text, with each line having room for 20 characters. The $250 cost is tax deductible and includes one free 2" x 4" replica paver.
The pavers will line Heritage Walk, a 1,000-foot long path that will connect the new museum and parade field at Patriot park. There is room for about 20,000 pavers, White said.
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"It's an opportunity for someone to not only contribute to the project but to also honor someone,"White said. Proceeds will be used to help complete the museum construction.
White also said pavers that have been purchased by January 30, 2009 will be placed along the walk in time for the museum's grand opening, now scheduled for March 20, 2009.
The pavers will be created by Brick Sculpture by Cannon, Inc, in Phenix City, Alabama.
Orders may be placed online or with a downloadable order form at www.nationalinfantrymuseum.com