KERNERSVILLE - The Carolina Field of Honor has been a personal mission for many.
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A dream years in the making, it was organized, funded and made possible by veterans and community members.
The groundbreaking was Friday. It unearthed stories, memories and the journeys of those who fought to give us our freedom.
"It's what he wanted to do forever; he always wanted to [to be a Marine]," explained Devon Yokely.
Yokley's brother, Lance Corporal Kevin Adam Lucas, was killed in Iraq in 2006.
"He would love [The Caroline Field of Honor.] He would be so proud," she said.
Yokley placed her brother's boots and cover on a chair right next to the groundbreaking site. They were guarded by Rich Rohme, a North Carolina Patriot Guard Rider.
He joined the organization because of Adam and served as a guard at his funeral.
"Him being my first mission, him and his family are very special to me, and it's important to me to carry on his name," explained Rohme.
He added, "[It's important] to let people know the sacrifice he made, and I am forever grateful for that."
The Carolina Field of Honor memorial will be built for veterans like Adam, who gave everything for our country.
Not only will it honor our heroes, but will serve as a reminder for all generations of the sacrifices our veterans make.
"Especially for people like for my daughter, who never, never knew my brother but she can still come and see that," explained Yokley.
Her daughter was born one week after her brother was killed.
Adam's birthday was Friday, the same day as the groundbreaking. He would have turned 28-years-old.
He was killed on May 26, 2006. The Carolina Field of Honor is scheduled to open on Memorial Day next year - that will be May 26th.
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