Organizer: Community bricks also are for sale
At the center of the Chieftain Remembrance Walk, a large "T" will be formed by bricks placed in honor of deceased former students, faculty and other Tonganoxie School District officials.
Though that area will be reserved as a memorial of engraved bricks honoring those no longer living, the rest of the courtyard will have bricks available for anyone wanting to be a permanent fixture in the project.
Pam Jeannin, who with her daughter, Kelly Frantz, spearheaded the idea for the Chieftain Remembrance Walk, said Saturday she has heard from several people who were under the impression all bricks will be in remembrance of the deceased.
But Jeannin stressed that's not the case.
People interested in purchasing bricks, each $35, may devote them to anyone they wish to include in the project. Though the "T" will be constructed of memorial bricks, engraved bricks of people who are living, as well as businesses, will be placed throughout the rest of the courtyard, which is being built in front of Tonganoxie High School's east campus building.
Although the courtyard is expected to be completed in the coming weeks, it technically won't be "finished" in some time. Engraved and blank bricks will complete the courtyard, but the blank bricks are interlocking and can be replaced at any time. As additional engraved bricks are purchased, the blank bricks will be replaced with the newly engraved ones.
On Saturday, Tonganoxie resident and local brick mason CJ McDaniel led a group of volunteers prepping the courtyard for concrete to be poured, which will be done at some point in the coming weeks.
The inspiration for the Chieftain Remembrance Walk is Lucas Frantz, who was Kelly Frantz's husband. Army Cpl. Lucas Frantz was killed Oct. 18, 2006, his 22nd birthday, while serving in Iraq.
For more information about the community project, log on at www.chieftainremembrancewalk.org.