In an effort to honor military veterans and provide scholarships to veterans and their families, the Veterans Memorial Park will be built on Craven Community College’s (Craven CC) Havelock-Cherry Point campus. The “Remembering our Past, by Paving our Future” fundraising campaign was created by Havelock campus administration, Collegiate Veterans Association (CVA) and the college’s Foundation. The honorary campaign chairman is Major General Michael Sullivan, USMC (Ret.).
The memorial park will be situated in the center of the Havelock-Cherry Point campus. It will accommodate at least 3,000 engraved bricks. The park will feature an arch for seating and flag poles that will display flags from all branches of the U.S. military including Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, as well as the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag.
Individuals, businesses and organizations can purchase engraved bricks to fun the creation of the memorial park. The proceeds will be used to create a new endowment that will make annual scholarships available to military veterans and their dependents.
“Our goal with the campaign is to raise $300,000 to build the memorial park and to fund yearly scholarships,” said Wally Calabrese, dean of learning and operations the Craven CC’s Havelock-Cherry Point campus.
Calabrese said $9,000 worth of bricks have been reserved by individuals, as well as businesses and organizations including Annunciation Catholic Church and School, Baldrees Tire Pros of Havelock, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26, and Havelock Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee.
Calabrese is purchasing bricks to honor several veterans. He is honoring his deceased father Robert M. Calabrese, Master Sgt. (Ret.). His father served in the Army, the Army Reserves, and National Guard. The brick will be engraved with his name, rank, and logos of Special Forces and the Bronze Star.
Calabrese is honoring his namesake and uncle, Walter Pryzbylowicz, Jr. His uncle was killed in action in the Vietnam War in 1967. The brick will be engraved with his name, rank, and logos of the Bronze Star with Valor distinction and the Purple Heart. It will also be inscribed with the 12th Cavalry motto, “Semper Paratus,” which translates to “Always Prepared.”
Calabrese has purchased bricks in honor of his brothers Robert and Gregory, friend Christopher Leffler, son-in-law Thomas Dawson, Jr. He purchased an engraved brick for himself in support of this project.
“This campaign is important because not only do you get a chance to honor a vet, past or present, you get to help veterans with scholarships. This financial support will help ease the burden of every day school life,” said Wayne Barnett, president of CVA at Craven CC. Barnett is retired from the Army and is enrolled in the medical assisting program.
The sizes and prices of the engraved bricks are as follows: 4×8” at $130, 8×8” at $250.00, and 12×12” at $550. Bricks can be purchased by calling Calabrese at 252-444-0739, or by visiting the campaign website at: www.bricksrus.com/order/cravencommunitycollege.
Deborah Kania is the director of communications at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in New Bern Sun Journal.