June 14 is Flag Day. It also is the birthday of U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Sam Griffith, who would have turned 39 years old on that day this year had he not died for his country in Afghanistan in December 2011.
June 14 is the day that Maj. Griffith’s brother, 17-year-old David, has chosen to honor Sam and all civilian and military fallen heroes with the War on Terror Memorial in Veterans Park. Everyone is invited to this ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. at the monument site on the far side of the park pond. It’s at 600 Bikram Drive.
The monument is a pentagon-shaped patio of brick pavers symbolizing the 9/11 attack on the United States Pentagon. An engraved granite pillar rises from the center of the patio and is inscribed with all the names of local fallen heroes from the War on Terror.
A chunk of steel from the World Trade Center wreckage is atop the monument. The steel piece was provided to the Griffith family for the memorial, which David has been developing as his Eagle Scout project. It is held in place by a specially-designed mount from InServe of Fuquay-Varina.
Dedication and unveiling ceremonies will feature patriotic music and speakers. Special guests will be families of those from the area who died during the War on Terror and whose names are engraved in the granite.
Monument bricks are still available and can be personalized and included in the patio after the dedication. To purchase a brick, visit thatsmybrick.com/eaglescoutdg.