10/14/07 — WCC unveils Hope Monument to local 'heroes'

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WCC unveils Hope Monument to local 'heroes'

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on October 14, 2007 2:05 AM

From staff reports

In memory of those who lit the path, a monument and brick walkway at Wayne Community College were unveiled this week.

Hope Monument, a six-foot black granite monolith, is surrounded by a ring of bricks engraved with names of honored and remembered people, celebrated events and inspirational messages.

The project began three years ago, college officials said, on the heels of the death of beloved instructor Ed Hogan.

Betsey Pritchett, Hogan's teaching assistant, unveiled the monument during ceremonies at the college Tuesday.

"Wayne Community College has been, and is privileged to have some wonderful faculty, staff and students walk across its campus," she said. "These people come into our lives for a reason, or you might say a season, sometimes for a day, or a year, and sometimes for our entire lives. Dr. Hogan loved this college and I think that if he were here, he would be very honored to be part of a monument that honors so many wonderful people."

About 100 bricks have already been purchased for the walkway, with proceeds going to the cost and maintenance of the monument, as well as the Foundation of Wayne Community College. Cost is $75 to engrave a brick with three lines of 14 characters.

Dr. Kay Albertson, president of WCC, said the walkway will serve as a meeting spot again and again in the future.

"This will be a place to come for inspiration, for the company of a lot of of memories, for reminders of brass rings and glimpses of stars, for hope," she said.

For more information on purchasing a brick, call the college's public information office at 735-5151 or visit the college's Web site at www.waynecc.edu.