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Groundbreaking For Carolina Field Of Honor Is Friday

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- It's been Bill Moss' dream for six years.

"It's kind of like taking a ride on a train. The whole idea is to enjoy the train ride but at some point you have to come to the station and get off, and tomorrow that will happen," explained Moss. 

Moss and a team of veterans will break ground for the Carolina Field of Honor in Kernersville at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Once complete, it will be the largest veterans' memorial on the East Coast, outside of Washington, D.C.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower caught up with Moss on the eve of the groundbreaking at one of his final presentations for support.

Moss said he's worn out three pairs of shoes and says his knuckles have doubled in size from all the doors he's knocked on to get support for the project.

After six years, he's formed a coalition of supporters, raised nearly $5 million and found a place he calls sacred ground to build this field of honor.

"I feel like winning a ball game. I feel like winning a battle as a Marine," said Moss.

He added, "Some thought it wouldn't work. I always knew that it would. It became a passion of mine."

His passion was contagious and it wasn't long before Retired Navy Commander Porter Halyburton was on board.

"I think the beauty of it and the majesty of it I think will attract people," explained Halyburton.

Halyburton enlisted in the Navy when he was 22 years old and was deployed to Vietnam two years later.

After six months and nearly 75 missions, his plane was shot down and he was captured as a Prisoner of War.

"When I left to deploy to Vietnam my daughter was a month old and I had seen her for five days."

When he returned home, she was 7 years old. His sacrifices, along with Moss' and every Triad veteran from every war, will be honored at the Carolina Field of Honor.

"The whole thing about the memorial is that we don't forget where our freedom came from," explained Moss.

The memorial will have a tribute to each branch of service and a memorial brick walk. Moss thinks it will take less than a year to build.

The dedication is scheduled for Memorial Day 2014.

WFMY News 2 will be at the groundbreaking Friday. Stay with @digtriad on Twitter and digtriad.com for updates.

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