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Military Service Walk officially opens in Uptown Columbus

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The Military Service Walk at Woodruff Park near the Columbus RiverWalk is officially open after a dedication ceremony Thursday morning, May 29.

The Walk is designed to honor military service members and their families by spotlighting the sacrifice they bear together by being apart, and sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice.

"The project shows the sacrifices made in military communities by displaying correspondence between solider and their loved ones," says Stuart Rayfield, Director of the CSU Servant Leadership Program. "The Military Service Walk will be a place that will evoke emotion and pride in the service of the Columbus-Fort Benning area through the portrayal of their correspondence in eras of conflict."

The Military Service Walk began as a project in the 2013 Servant Leadership Course in the organizational leadership Masters Degree Program at Columbus State University. Volunteers have raised private money to fund the first eight monuments that exist so far.

"This is phase one of the Service Walk," says Susan Wiggins, volunteer and spokesperson for the project. "We feel like as people walk through and read the letters, that they're going to be moved to submit more letters to us. So we expect this to expand and grow, and for additional letters to be added and possibly expand further down the river."

Contributions can be made by contacting Uptown Columbus at 706-596-0111. They are seeking both monetary donations and more submissions of correspondence.

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