Everyone Has a Hero. Honor Yours Today.
Heroes come in many forms and all deserve a permanent place of recognition on Heritage Walk. Honor a patriot, thank a loved one or carve your own story into the museum’s living archive. Military or civilian, living or deceased, a Heritage Walk Paver, Founders Circle Paver, or Legacy Tree is a meaningful and memorable gift to show your support.
Custom-engraved pavers are a $250 tax-deductible donation to the National Infantry Museum Foundation. The proceeds go directly to the museum’s mission to educate the public about the cost of freedom. Placing a paver will not only help the museum continue honoring Soldiers, it is a gift that will last lifetimes. Custom-engraved pavers are unique gifts for memorials, retirements, promotions, graduations, anniversaries and more. Heritage Walk pavers are unveiled at dedication ceremonies every Memorial Day and Veterans Day. These ceremonies are a touching experience for friends and families to share. Please call (706) 685.5811 for details.
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Important 2022 Paver Dates
Memorial Day Paver Deadline: Pavers reserved by April 14, 2023 will be installed and unveiled on Memorial Day: Monday, May 29, 2023 during a Paver Dedication Ceremony.
Veterans Day Paver Deadline: Pavers reserved by October 1, 2022 will be installed and unveiled on Veterans Day: Friday, November 11, 2022 during a Paver Dedication Ceremony.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Heritage Walk pavers? Heritage Walk is a flag-lined walkway that connects the National Infantry Museum with Inouye Field. More than 5,100 4” x 8” customized granite pavers have been dedicated since the museum opened in 2009. For a $250 donation to the museum, you can dedicate a lasting tribute to honor anyone at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. Pavers honor and remember loved ones for their military service, commitment to family, bravery and more. Personalized pavers are a meaningful and memorable gift for any occasion, from holidays such as Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas, to birthdays, anniversaries, and retirements. Pavers honor and remember not only service members, but patriots from all walks of life. Each paver allows for three lines of text with 20 characters on each line. Every paver order also includes a complimentary 2” x 4” miniature replica.
How do pavers help the National Infantry Museum? Every paver purchase is considered a tax-deductible donation to the National Infantry Museum Foundation. The museum is operated by the foundation, a private 501(c)(3) organization. The National Infantry Museum relies on private donations such as paver purchases to fund daily operations. Your paver order will ensure that the museum continues to be a world-class attraction that showcases artifacts of our nation’s history and honors the legacy of those who have served.
When are the deadlines to purchase a paver? Pavers are dedicated on Heritage Walk biannually on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. There are deadlines to order a paver to be placed by the dedication date. The deadline to order a paver to be installed and unveiled by Veterans Day 2017 is Monday, October 2, 2017. Once reserved, you will receive a complimentary miniature replica within 4-6 weeks.
Can I purchase additional minis? Yes. You can order additional miniature replicas for $25 each. Personalized certificates are also available for $10 each.
My servicemember was in the Air Force. Can I still purchase a paver for her? Pavers are for everyone: military or civilian, alive or deceased. There are dedicated pavers for Soldiers serving all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Others have been purchased by and for military families, corporations to pay homage to our troops, corporate veterans and retirees, military retirees, and for birthdays, anniversaries and many of life’s precious milestones. Heritage Walk Pavers not only honor Infantry Soldiers, but any Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman. Each paver is placed in close proximity to the Vietnam Wall and Desert Storm/Desert Shield Memorial which both honor every uniformed service member killed in action. Each week basic training graduations take place on Inouye Field at the museum. Many have purchased pavers for their sons, brothers, cousins and uncles who’ve graduated from basic training. Many Basic Training Graduates will likely return to Fort Benning in their career for additional military training for joint-service schools like Airborne School. We are proud to tell their stories.
What can I put on a paver? A paver has three lines of text, with 20 characters per line. Proper documentation must be provided for any military service medals or awards that will be inscribed into the paver. No profanity is allowed and custom characters and designs are not available at this time. Museum staff can help craft the perfect message to honor your hero if you need assistance.
I want to order a Paver for someone, but am concerned I may not receive the miniature replica in time to give as a gift. Is there something else we can do? Yes. Personalized certificates can be ordered for $10 each. The certificate will show an example of your specific paver, who purchased the paver (if requested), and the day it will be dedicated on Heritage Walk. Certificates are mailed with regular postage, however, special overnight and two-day delivery can be arranged. Your complimentary miniature replica will still arrive within 4-6 weeks.
Do you offer special pricing if, for instance, I want to honor multiple family members or others with whom I’ve served? Special group pricing is available and we will work to accommodate your requests and personal situation.
What is the difference between gray pavers and the current black pavers? The museum has switched from gray granite to black granite to create a consistent look with the Vietnam Memorial Wall. All personalized pavers purchased will now be etched in black granite.
Can I place my paver under a particular state flag? While we make every effort to accommodate your paver placement, it is not possible to place a paver under a specific state flag at this time. The paver sections on Heritage Walk are filled as they become available.
What are the large square pavers underneath the State Flags? The large stones are called Founders Circle Pavers. Four Founders Circle Pavers sit beneath each state flag on Heritage Walk. Founders Circle pavers honor Veterans, KIAs, corporations, and all patriots. These pavers are a donation of at least $15,000.
Can I request that my paver be placed next to someone else’s? Yes, as long as both pavers are being dedicated during the same ceremony. Unfortunately, we cannot move prior placed pavers.
My husband was really good friends with SSG Dale Panchot. We reached out to some of the soldiers who knew Dale and were deployed with him. My husband and I along with the soldiers all chipped in to pay for the memorial paver. We want to honor him, to remind everyone that he isn’t forgotten, that his sacrifice isn’t forgotten.
They’re my strength. I appreciate all they have done for me, and I truly love them far beyond comprehension. For those reasons and many, many more, I have dedicated a paver to them, as a small but permanent token of my appreciation — as a way to say ‘thank you’. I love you, and I shall never forget all they have done for me over the years.
Founder Circle Pavers
Located at the base of each Heritage Walk flag, Founders Circle pavers are available to more prominently display your proud support of our military and this world-class museum. This prestigious honor is limited to 4 corporations, associations or families per state or territory. A large granite stone will be customized to your specification and placed permanently at the base of a state flag on the grounds of this national treasure for future generations to see. A private ceremony can also be arranged to unveil your Founders Circle paver.
Among the monuments on the Walk of Honor and around the museum’s grounds are a limited number of maple trees available for dedication. These Legacy Trees serve as a living tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Legacy Trees can be dedicated in honor of any patriot, living or deceased. A bronze marker is placed at the base of your tree, engraved with a personal message. Additionally, a private dedication ceremony can be held for family and friends.
Throughout the museum and museum campus, benches are placed for visitors to rest for a moment and reflect on the legacy of the U.S. Army Infantryman. There are wooden benches inside and black cast aluminum benches outside and along the museum’s Memorial Walk of Honor. Each bench at the museum can be dedicated in honor or memory of a loved one, a unit, or military association. The cost of a 4” x 6” bronze plate with the inscription of your choice is included with your donation. A private dedication ceremony can also be held.