FREEPORT, Fla. - For the seventh year, Freeport residents and leaders gathered to honor the veterans in their community in a ceremony. But this year marked the unveiling of a special monument that will give future generations the gift of a lifetime.
The 'Hero Walk' Memorial was unveiled Friday as part of Freeport's Veteran's Day ceremony. Dozens of former service members and residents came out for the unveiling. Sarah Dunaway said it took a few minutes to find her late son-in-law's name in the crowd.
"I went all the way around it and came back and it was right in the front," said Dunaway.
She said seeing his name, Sergeant Stone, in literal stone was overwhelming.
"Even though he didn't live to see this Veteran's Day, he's with us," said Dunaway.
The monument is part of the Veteran's Memorial next to City Hall. Mayor Russ Barley said it's an addition he hopes the community appreciates for years to come.
"There's so many times that people serve and go unnoticed," said Barley. "And this is an opportunity for them to know that they served our country."
If you want to purchase a brick at the Hero Walk, you can still do it. Applications are available at Freeport City Hall off Highway 20. It'll cost you $75.
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