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Airmen's Heritage Park grand opening scheduled for March 6

By David DeKunder | 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs | March 4, 2008

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Team Randolph members are invited to attend the grand opening of Airmen's Heritage Park at 10 a.m. Thursday. 

The new park, which is located in the base's old Wherry housing area, is dedicated to the Airmen who have served and will continue to serve in the Air Force. Col. Richard Clark, 12th Flying Training Wing commander, will give the opening remarks and retired Air Force Cols. George Day and Kevin Gilroy, both Vietnam War veterans, are the guest speakers. 

The nine-acre park contains the Medal of Honor Memorial, a pavilion, public restrooms and a half-mile walking path. The completed memorial will display Army Air Corps and Air Force Medal of Honor recipients who served in World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War eras. 

During the ceremony, the Medal of Honor Memorial will be unveiled by Cols. Clark, Day and Gilroy. Col. Day, one of 17 Airmen who have received the Medal of Honor since the Air Force was formed in 1947, received the medal for his bravery and actions as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Col. Gilroy is a recipient of the Air Force Cross for his contributions as an Electronic Warfare Officer in helping to protect the pilot and the aircraft he was in from enemy fire while over North Vietnam.