City to honor veterans with brick fundraiser

(Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV)

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - The Newport Economic Development Commission is selling bricks to honor veterans in our community.

Director of Economic Development for the Newport Economic Development Commission, Jon Chadwell, said this is a project that allows everyone to participate.

There will be two different sections for the bricks. One will be a community section where you can buy a brick to honor a relative or anyone you would like. The other section is specifically for veterans.

Chadwell said they'll be honoring those who served in the military on Memorial Day. He believes this is an opportunity to thank those who've served.

"People who have gone into service or given their life for this country need to be respected and honored," Chadwell said. "This is a way we can put it down and it will be permanent. They can bring their children and grandchildren. Their family can come by and see it or people can just come wander and think about folks that have given service to our country."

Chadwell says they plan to have a ceremony to install a new set of bricks every Memorial Day and Labor Day.

This project is helping raise money for improvements to the Veterans Memorial Park.

"We have some future development plans for the park downtown," Chadwell said. "We have some things we'd like to do to the stage. We have a few things we'd like to do to the Memorial. We'd like to plant trees in the park."

Each brick is engraved with three lines that include the person's name, branch of military service and then anything else you want to put on the third line.

If you buy a brick in the community section, the brick will be engraved with the person's name and anything else you would like on the remaining lines.

Chadwell said they installed the first set of bricks on Veterans Day and will continue to install new ones every year.

They'll install 50 bricks on Memorial Day.

There are more than 500 bricks in the park already.

A brick costs $100.

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