The citizens committee spearheading the construction of an “Honor Walk” at Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill has extended the deadline for purchasing memorial brick pavers.

The deadline is now April 18; the committee urged applications be submitted by this date.

The brick pavers will dot the central pentagon and sidewalk walk and the goal is to purchase the pavers in bulk to reduce costs.

Taking shape on the park's bluff overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the “Honor Walk” is a tribute to all those who served.

The committed has raised and committed nearly $300,000 of the $350,000 needed to complete the project.

The committee continues fundraising for the $56,000 or so it is short, funding needed for items such as fencing, sod, landscaping, security cameras, flags and palm trees.

The “Honor Walk” will fill an 80-foot-by-140-foot area along the park bluff.

At each point of the monument's central pentagon, anchored by the American flag, the 8-foot-by-3-foot monuments for each branch of the military will stand, each inscribed with the Gulf County veterans who died in battle.

The “Honor Walk” will include seating behind the flags and areas for quiet reflection as well as brick and concrete walkways will thread through the memorial.

The entire area would be surrounded by a 4-foot high fence with pillars spaced along the length of the fence.

Walkways will extend 20 feet from the center in opposite directions.

“This will be a memorial that will bring visible honor to all veterans and especially those from Gulf County who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Duren said.

To learn more about fundraising efforts or download an application for a brick paver, visit: