VETERANS WALL OF HONOR
MAAPS is proud
to honor our veterans, past and present, with the Veteran's
Wall of Honor. Located on the former Malden Air Base (now
Malden Regional Airport and Industrial Park), the Wall was officially
unveiled during ceremonies held May 24, 2003. Name plates featuring
black lettering on vintage gold background are now available for
U. S. servicemen and servicewomen who were honorably discharged,
living or deceased, or are currently active duty are welcome to
add their names to the Veterans Wall of Honor. We also welcome
the foreign students who received their military training at Malden
Army Airfield and Malden Air Base, and who have never fought in
any kind of combat against the United States. Information
on the name plates is featured below.
The memorial features
three separate walls built of bricks used in the original construction
of the base during World War II. The bricks are from the chimney
of Building #253, an aircraft maintenance building during military
times. The chimney was taken down early in 2002 and MAAPS
members spent countless hours cleaning the bricks for use in the
local men and women assisted in the various stages of construction.
From donations by local businesses to the bricklaying expertise
of Chuck Owens, Rodger Owens and Robert (Bob) Owens. Thank you to
all the fine folks who helped in many ways to make the Honor Wall
a reality. See the wall under construction
It is our desire that
the Wall of Honor becomes a place for all of us to visit and offer
thanks to those who placed their lives in harm's way to protect
our many freedoms. To visit the wall, turn into the main entrance
to Malden Industrial Park (Arnold Blvd.) and drive straight ahead
to the large flagpole at the "Y" junction. A parking area is located
just west of the flagpole and the Wall of Honor.
In November 2005, the Veterans Wall of Honor achieved a goal of having over 300 nameplates displayed. Future plans include to level the ground, plant grass, add sprinklers, plant shrubbery, and to add benches. MAAPS wishes to have a serene, well-kept area to honor all Veterans. Ideas for landscaping and donations to the project would both be sincerely appreciated.