TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- It was a day to celebrate in the Capitol City and also one to remember. Family and friends of Florida veterans waited for a glimpse of their loved ones etched in history.
The new Florida Veterans Memorial Walk of Honor is dedicated to Florida's veterans who've been awarded the Medal of Honor, the state's highest honor for a veteran. There are over 500 engraved bricks that make up the Walk of Honor.
For Major John Haynes, it was the completion of a project he held close to his heart. "We're not honoring a war here. We're just simply honoring all veterans, whether they served in peace time or war."
Major Haynes is a Monticello resident who served as a marine in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged and earned the prestigious purple heart.
"I was one of the privileged ones that was able to serve my country for 30 years in the military," said Major Haynes.
Those families that bought brick to be engraved on the walk also got to take a small replica of it home. The walkway has several more open spots for those who haven't reserved one. Money from the sale of the bricks goes to the Florida Veterans Association.
For Major Haynes, having a permanent place of honor puts his service in perspective. "We're just all brothers and sisters in arms, serving our country, and we're so proud to have had that opportunity."