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AFMAC Unveils Legacy Paver Program

posted Dec 14, 2010, 10:14 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 15, 2010, 6:52 AM by Kathleen Wilsbach ]
The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) presented its first granite Legacy Paver to a distinguished military hero and Enola Gay navigator, Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk at a recent WWII Living History fundraiser for the museum in Matthews, North Carolina.

This memorial paver will be placed in a prominent area on the “Honor Walk” in front of the museum which will be built in Mint Hill, North Carolina. It was Dutch’s special request that the paver be dedicated to the entire 12-man crew of the Enola Gay who were part of the 509th Composite Group which was in training for atomic bomb missions off the Marianas Islands in the Pacific in 1945. AFMAC President, Bill Dixon, thanked Dutch Van Kirk for his courage and that of the crew for carrying out such a dangerous military mission that changed the course of history, saving a million lives and avoided a ground invasion of Japan. The bombing of Hiroshima, Japan was on August 6, 1945, which brought about the swift end of World War II.

Bill Griffin, a retired U. S. Air Force Chaplain and AFMAC board member, is pleased to present the “Honoring our Heroes and Building History” Legacy Paver Program to provide an opportunity to honor a family member, a member of the armed forces, a veteran or loved one with a purchase of a granite paver. Chaplain Griffin said, “A gift of a memorial granite paver is perfect for birthday remembrances, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, anniversaries, and other special occasions.” Approximately 3,300 square feet around the military museum will be dedicated to the “Honor Walk.” The minimum 8” x 16” sized granite paver cost is $200. A business, organization or club can have its emblem etched into a 24” x 24” paver, bench or wall slab. Corporate sponsorships are invited. For additional information about the Armed Forces Museum and the Legacy Paver Program, please contact Bill Griffin at or call 704-837-3091. For your convenience, you may view the AFMAC paver form under Attachment (1).  To order a paver, you may select Download below to print a copy of the form. 

Unknown user,
Dec 14, 2010, 10:18 AM