The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Milton Region

May 25, 2014

Two bricks added to Milton walkway honor soldiers who gave their all

MILTON — Two bricks were added Sunday to the Veterans Memorial Walkway to honor two Milton servicemen who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Family members of Thomas Baysore Jr. and Zachariah Long laid the bricks during the ceremony. About 30 people attended the event, held near Milton’s Moose Family Center. It featured a 21-gun salute and a dedication by Matt Edinger, of American Legion Post 71.

The bricks are numbers 1,057 and 1,058 in the walkway, which commemorates living and dead veterans of American conflicts. Some dedications honor soldiers who were in the Civil War.

Long and Baysore’s bricks were paid for by the American Legion.

Baysore, a staff sergeant in the Army, was 31 when he was killed on Sept. 26 while serving in Paktya Province, Afghanistan. An enemy combatant wearing an Afghan national army uniform opened fire on a group of soldiers, including Baysore.

Long, an Army specialist, was 20 when he was killed in 2003 in a vehicle accident between the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit.

Rick Long, Zachariah’s father, said it was touching to have his son memorialized. He and his wife, Karen Long, want to ensure that their son is never forgotten.

“They (the Legion) stepped up to the plate,” he said. “They made us feel really, really good.”

Thomas Baysore Sr., father of the other soldier, was in attendance with his wife, Linda Baysore, and Thomas Jr.’s mother, Sandy Hackenberg.

“I thought it was fantastic,” he said of the service. “They gave Zach and Tom honor,” he said of the Legion.

It was the first Memorial Day for Baysore Sr. where a member of his family had died in service. He and many of his family members are veterans of the armed services.

“I just want to thank all the veterans,” he added.

The walkway was started in 2005 and is maintained by the American Legion and The Improved Milton Experience organization.

Milton area residents also have placed bricks in honor of family members who served and live or lived outside of the area, Edinger said.

 

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