• Bricks added to museum’s Frontier Tribute Trail

  • Twenty-six bricks were added to the Frontier Tribute Trail during the Friends of the Frontier Army Museum’s Museum Night May 14 at the Frontier Army Museum.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Twenty-six bricks were added to the Frontier Tribute Trail during the Friends of the Frontier Army Museum’s Museum Night May 14 at the Frontier Army Museum.
    The tribute trail was established in spring of 2015. Since then, dozens of bricks have been installed.
    “We are so excited to have you all here to commemorate your brick installations and pay tribute to a special person, capture a moment, show gratitude or mark your short time here at Fort Leavenworth,” said Rachael Springer, FFAM Tribute Trail coordinator. “(The bricks) leave a little piece of history. Fort Leavenworth has so many transient community members that come in and rotate in and out, so it leaves a little mark for their time here.”
    Some of the newest installations included recognition of Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Dostie and his family and longtime U.S. Army bugler retired Col. Sam Young.
    Navy Lt. Michael Dungan, Navy Recruiting District, installed a brick in recognition of his grandfather Sgt. 1st Class Herman Dungan, his father Spc. 4 Michael Dungan, himself and his daughter, 8-year-old Irelyn Dungan, a second-grader at MacArthur Elementary School, symbolizing four generations who lived on Fort Leavenworth.
    The brick includes their names and a Celtic Tree of Life.
    “It was just to recognize the family tradition being on this installation and recognize the generations of military service,” Dungan said. “The Celtic Tree of Life symbolizes that we’re all Irish.”
    Dungan said the brick is a Christmas present to his dad, who was unable to attend the ceremony.
    Proceeds from the brick sales support the museum through the acquisition and preservation of artifacts. For details on how to purchase a brick, visit www.ffam.us/frontier-tribute-trail.html or e-mail brickproject@ffam.us.
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