The annual Nov. 11 Derby Veterans Day Ceremony was held at Garrett Park, where 12 new bricks with the names of Derby veterans were added to the Walk of Freedom Memorial this past year. The Derby High School Air Force JROTC under the command of Col. Michael Dillard presented the colors. 

Derby Community Foundation Executive Director Theresa Hearn outlined the history of the memorial, which was first dedicated 10 years ago. The Walk of Freedom is a quarter mile of hike and bike path that includes a station for every branch of the U.S. military, with each featuring bricks dedicated to Derby area veterans. For more information on adding a brick with a veteran’s name on it to the memorial, contact the Derby Community Foundation. 

The Derby Senior Center Community Quilters created approximately 50 patriotic quilts that were presented to Derby veterans who were attending the event. The quilts were hand-stitched and involved thousands of hours to construct.