Tree dedication honoring CPL Maciel
On February 5th, 2019 tree number 469 was dedicated to CPL Joseph Maciel, Task Force 1-28 Infantry. CPL Maciel was from South Gate, California. He was killed in action on July 7th, 2018 while serving in Afghanistan.
This walkway is dedicated to the Soldiers and attached units of 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart/ Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Over the years on this field, Fort Stewart has honored dignitaries and held special events. For decades, many brave Soldiers have marched here prior to going to battle and this is where they are welcomed when they return home from battle. It is this field where warriors walk. And it is here on this walkway that we remember our courageous Soldiers who demonstrated exceptional valor, honor and respect for their Army, their country and their belief in their cause during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The first ceremony was conducted April 29, 2003, and ceremonies were conducted monthly thereafter as required. As of February 2019, there are 469 heroic Soldiers honored at Warriors Walk.
The White-blooming Crape Myrtle is symbolic of our nation’s gratitude to our fallen Soldiers and their Families, as well as the sanctity and purity of the fallen Soldiers, their Families, and the sacrifices they have made.
Crape Myrtles are native to coastal Georgia and as these trees grow, the tops will grow together, and will create an archway over the sidewalks of Warriors Walk, ensuring Warriors Walk will remain a fitting tribute to our fallen Soldiers for generations to come.
God Bless Them and God Bless the United States of America.