KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- What was once a dream to memorialize veterans in the Piedmont is finally coming to life in the form of the Carolina Field of Honor.
On Friday, the War Memorial Foundation hosted a groundbreaking for the 8.5 acre future tribute in the middle of Triad Park in Kernersville.
"You can't honor the military enough," said Jim Burgio with the War Memorial Foundation. He served as a marine in Vietnam. "It's really designed for anyone who's ever served our country even if you've never gone to war. If you served and even sat and typed on a typewriter- this park is for you."
Field of Honor Founder and War Memorial Foundation board member Bill Moss explained how important today was for him."This would be kinda like a kid waiting for Santa Claus at Christmas. Or taking a trip to some foreign, exotic place. It's a long way there but when you get there and you're about to arrive, you knew it was gonna happen."
Moss is a Korean War veteran. He said more than 150,000 veterans live in the Piedmont Triad.
Volunteers have been fundraising for nearly seven years for the $5 million project, which will sit on the Guilford and Forsyth County lines. The counties will jointly maintain the Field of Honor after construction is complete.
"We think it'll be one of the top ten attractions in NC for tourism," said Moss.
Burgio added, "It will be the finest memorial around right here in the Triad. Wow! What a deal!"
FOX8 morning anchor Brad Jones was part of the groundbreaking in honor of the late Rich Brenner, the former FOX8 sports anchor who was passionate about the Field of Honor. He was presented with a special shovel engraved in honor of Brenner.