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A Contribution from Orville Best's Family

One Honoree: Cpl. Orville W. Best, 354th Infantry, 89th Division

A few years ago the Liberty Memorial began selling inscribed stones to be placed in a Walk of Honor as a way for people to honor the veterans in the families and as a way to raise money for the memorial and its museum. My brothers and sisters and I purchased a memorial stone for the Liberty Memorial's Walk of Honor that was inscribed with information about our grandfather, Orville W. Best. Although memorial stones may be purchased in honor of anyone, the center section of this Walk of Honor is reserved exclusively for the memorial stones of veterans of the First World War.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, in May 2004, I traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to meet with my brothers and sisters. Our goal was to surprise our father by showing him the memorial stone that we had secretly purchased for his father (our grandfather) at the Liberty Memorial. This stone was to be a tribute to our grandfather who served in France in World War I, and was seriously injured on November 3, 1918, only 8 days before the end of the war.

Jim Balthazar

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Location of the Walk of Honor

Grandfather's Memorial Stone

Orville's Progeny
Standing from l to r: Jim Balthazar, Angela Best, Bill Best, Chris Best, Greg Best.
Kneeling from l to r: Mindy Blake, Missy Rosenberry.

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