By Kaytrina Curtis, Fort Stewart Public AffairsFebruary 16, 2012
FORT STEWART, Ga. - An Eastern Redbud tree, number 186, planted along Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk represents the ultimate sacrifice former Hinesville Lion's Club District 18 Liaison, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Hollar, Jr., 108 Cav., Ga. National Guard, paid for his country Sept. 1, 2005.
Family Members, Soldiers and friends leave mementos around the trees lining Warriors Walk, but during the recent Wreaths for Warriors Walk event held Dec. 10, Vietnam Veteran Butch Hemingway, also a HLC member, noticed the old faded HLC marker at the tree's base, and that the marker was sinking into the ground.
He then decided to do something about the marker.
Working with a local specialty gift shop, Hemingway sought to replace the old with the new. The new marker is three times larger than the old one and glows in the dark.
According to Hemingway, Sgt. 1st Class Hollar, Jr. was the HLC liaison for all of the organizations on Fort Stewart. Hemingway (left) held the replacement HLC marker while Jesse Powell, past HLC district governor/president, hammered the marker into the ground, Feb. 8.