Congratulations to the many Central South Carpenter and Southern States Millwright members who volunteered their time to create a stunning tribute to fallen soldiers at the Veterans Memorial Park in Russellville, Arkansas.
The program was coordinated by the†Arkansas Oklahoma Carpenters Apprenticeship Training Trust Fund (AOKCAT).†Carpenters installed about 100 individually-named plaques to line the sidewalks of the park. Millwrights built and installed the frames for summarization plaques, including the Gold Star exhibit.
Many thanks to AOKCATís former Training Director Edward Wright, interim Training Director Bryan Spradley, Carpenter Instructor Lester Weidman, and Millwright Instructors Aaron Hall (SFC (R) U.S. ARMY) and Steve Carr. Also assisting were Southern States Millwright journeymen Al Bryan and Tyler Halford (served as a Sergeant in the ARMY RESERVES), and several carpenter and millwright apprentices. These men and women worked efficiently and accurately to create a flawless presentation.
The project was done in conjunction with The River Valley Veterans Coalition, which is composed of five local veterans organizations: American Legion Post 20, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27, Marine Corps League, Lake Dardanelle Detachment 1310, Military Officers Association of America River Valley Chapter, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2283.
Click here†to see additional project photos.
Photo note:†The carpenters in the group picture, below, are listed from left to right: Shawn Thurber, Jerry Williams, Chaffy Uhde, Joshua Casper, Travis McAdams, John Yates, Bryan Spradley, Jerrod Jackson, Johnny Hicks, Clarence Stevens, Nichole Hoffrogge, Ashely Philips, Manuel Schlinker and Edward Bowden.