NEWKIRK — Late last year, the Kay County Walk of Warriors project was revealed, which will honor all who have served this great nation in the Armed Forces. Newkirk’s Junior American Legion Auxiliary members Brylen Liberton and Hannah Cross along with the Newkirk American Legion Auxiliary have been working on the project since August of 2020 and are excited about the progress.
The walk is located at the Kay County Courthouse in the sidewalk leading up to the Kay County War Memorial.
The Kay County War Memorial Committee provided a 16 in. by 88in. entrance to the Walk of Warriors. A total of 500 engraved pavers have been installed in the Walk. Additionally, 100 blank pavers have been installed for future use.
Ponca City, Blackwell and Arkansas City VFW and VFW Auxiliaries have supported this project from the beginning, and each has a paver dedicated to their post. Newkirk, Arkansas City, Braman and 8th District American Legion and American Legion Auxiliaries have also provided an abundance of assistance and have pavers dedicated to their posts, as well.
Both Rick Scott Const. and Kyler Const. Group teamed up to donate labor and materials to install of the Kay County Walk of Warriors. Demolition of concrete was completed in June, and a new concrete “tray” was poured to house the custom pavers. The pavers arrived in July and volumes of volunteers assisted in sorting the pavers for placement. Masons arrived last week to install the pavers.
Final concrete work will be complete in the next few weeks. The Kay County Walk of Warriors dedication is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.