Armory Bricks

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

With the Marietta Armory near completion, WASCO is engraving bricks for the armory walkway.

"When my wife and I decided to come back after retirement, we moved to Marietta and we wanted a way to honor the 18 men in our company that were killed in Vietnam," says Jim Waybright, former commander of the U.S. Army's Bravo Company, 3d Battalion, 506 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.

It's a long time coming to honor veterans for their service -- 3000 bricks have already been placed at the Marietta Armory.

"We've been working on this for about five years; we've had the laser engraver for the Walk of Honor bricks and look forward to engraving lots of bricks," says Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Susan Tilton.

There's vast community support for the project and many are touched by what it really means.

"With excitement, we are seeing this progress of the Community Walk of Honor complement the Veteran's Walk of Honor," says Sylvia Caporale, owner of American Flags and Poles. "The community responds in an enormous way and it will be an opening of a door to activities to happen downtown."

WASCO and the Armory have joined together for the disabled and this historic landmark.

"It's just a wonderful opportunity for the folks that we support to be able to be part of a site downtown; they'll be jobs available for them," Tilton says.

Bustling downtown Marietta means more to do for WASCO.

"The more people that show up and have activities there, the more opportunities we have to employ the WASCO individuals," says Catherine Bigley, social secretary for the Armory.

With the Armory celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, we remember such brave men brick by brick.

"Our men from Vietnam stop by occasionally to visit, we normally go down to the walk and salute our fallen brothers; it's a permanent remembrance," Waybright says.

Applications for purchasing a veteran's brick or a community brick can be found on wascoinc.org or the Armory Square Facebook page.


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