Last chance to add personalized brick to Danbury's Veterans Walkway of Honor

by Zack Murdoch Danbury Newstimes (Sunday, 6/3/18)

DANBURY -- This year will be the last that the Danbury War Memorial sells commemorative bricks honoring local veterans, past and present, on its Veterans Walkway of Honor.

The walkway, created in 2013, now includes more than 500 bricks engraved with the names and military branches of local veterans or of residents' family members who have served.

Brick sales have slowly declined over the past several years, however, so it is no longer a cost-effective fundraiser for the memorial, said volunteer organizer Lee Teicholz.

"I would love to continue putting bricks in at no charge just to honor our veterans, but that's just not feasible," he said. "Between the purchasing of the bricks, the installation costs and the minimum order fee, we wouldn't be able to raise any money anymore."

Instead, memorial organizers have decided to end the sales this fall ahead of the annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Bricks can be purchased for $75 by anyone interested in honoring a veteran, whether they live in the city or not. A larger 8-inch-square brick is available for $150 and logos can be added for an additional $25.

Teicholz, a longtime Danbury police officer, never served in the military, but his father fought in Europe during World War II and his son now serves in the Connecticut Army National Guard. He and his wife Mary Teicholz pitched the idea for the walkway in 2012 when she served on the City Council.

Since then it has raised $71,200, of which more than $41,000 went to support programs at the Danbury War Memorial and nearly $14,000 more for eight area nonprofits serving veterans, Teicholz said.

Lee Teicholz said he'll miss organizing the sales every year, but will continue to help care for those that have been laid so far and to volunteer at the memorial.

"It's just amazing seeing the families go down there with the person they honored," he said. "It's very touching, especially for the World War II veterans. The best part was being able to put many bricks next to each other for all the family members who served."

The final deadline to order bricks will be Oct. 8. Orders can be placed online at www.veteranswalkwayofhonor.org.


Please visit www.veteranswalkwayofhonor.org for pricing, order form, brick logo choices, and other valuable information or contact Lee Teicholz at (203) 748-0723 or by email at info@veteranswalkwayofhonor.org for any additional questions.

Click here to watch the dedication ceremony on YouTube.

2018 Upcoming Ceremonies & Events

Maine Day Ceremony, Thursday, February 15th at 10:00am at the monument corner of West St. and Division St.

Vietnam Memorial Ceremony, Thursday, March 29th at 10:00am at the Vietnam Monument in Rogers Park.

Veterans Walkway of Honor, Monday, April 23rd, brick order cutoff date for the 2018 Memorial Day installation.

Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 28th starting at St. Joseph's Church at 6:30am, wreath laying following church service.  The parade steps off promptly at 9:30am.

Korean Memorial Ceremony
, Friday, July 27th at 10:00am at the Korean Monument in Rogers Park.

World War II Ceremony
, Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00am at the Rose Garden in Rogers Park.

9th Annual Danbury War Memorial Golf Tournament, Wednesday, August 22nd at 1:30pm at Richter Park. Call (203)743-3932 for more information. All net proceeds from this outing will help the War Memorial continue to serve the community.

Vietnam Moving Wall Ceremony, Monday, September 24th at 10:00am in front of the War Memorial Building.

Veterans Walkway of Honor, Monday, October 8th, brick order cutoff date for the 2018 Veteran Day installation.  This will be the final date to purchase bricks!  No other bricks will be sold after this date.

Veterans Day Ceremony, Sunday, November 11th at 11:00am in front of the War Memorial Buidling.

Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony, Friday, December 7th at 10:00am inside the War Memorial Building.

Information

Contact Info

Danbury War Memorial
1 Memorial Dr
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: (203) 743-3932
Email: Justin Calitro (Director)
jcalitro@war-memorial.org
Information:
info@war-memorial.org

Directions

From New York
Interstate 84 - Exit 5
Straight through stop sign to traffic light
At light take right onto Main Street
Follow to end
Last light on Main Street straight into Rogers Park
War Memorial is the first building on left

From Hartford/New Haven
Interstate 84 - Exit 5
Take right at light onto Main Street
Follow to end
Last light on Main Street straight into Rogers Park
War Memorial is the first building on left

The Danbury War Memorial was built in 1952 and was designed and built in honor of the men and women who fought in World War I and II.  Just after World War II ended, every morning, students at Danbury High School put their pennies and nickels in a pot to fund a memorial to honor those who so recently served their country.