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Path of Freedom dedication slated for Nov. 3

The Path of Freedom is the newest addition to the Semancik Victory Park located inside Memorial Stadium at Bremerton High School. The granite slabs bear the names of 437 Kitsap County residents who have given their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the war in Iraq. - Photo by James Mange
The Path of Freedom is the newest addition to the Semancik Victory Park located inside Memorial Stadium at Bremerton High School. The granite slabs bear the names of 437 Kitsap County residents who have given their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the war in Iraq.
— image credit: Photo by James Mange

A beautiful addition to the Semancik Victory Park will be dedicated Nov. 3, honoring Kitsap County’s fallen heroes. The park is in the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium at Bremerton High School, a stadium dedicated 60 years ago to those who had given life, limb and soul for the freedom of our country.

The new feature is called the Path of Freedom, and includes large granite slabs engraved with the names of all Kitsap County residents who have died in military service to our country since World War I. Going right through to the current war in Iraq, that list is now 437 names long.

A dedication ceremony will be held at noon Nov. 3, complete with Bremerton’s most famous war hero, Bud Hawk, Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman, Bremerton school officials and bag pipes.

The Path of Freedom was designed and constructed by Clear Creek Nursery, which is owned by Bremerton High School alumni, Sean Olmsted. Along with the granite monuments, the new walk also has new landscaping and ground lighting on trees.

The flag plaza in the park has commemorative tiles honoring all of the area’s Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, and the flag pole in the middle of the berm proudly flies a version of Old Glory flown over the nation’s capital on Veteran’s Day in 2005.

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