Holly Whitley walked with a particularly expedient stride toward the "Duty" wall panel just installed in Freedom Memorial Park.
She studied the monument for a moment, then could no longer hold back her tears.
"I've waited 11 years for this," Whitley, 58, was saying about the slick black military monument that pays tribute to Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, an airman killed in Iraq on April 8, 2003. "It's beautiful. I've waited so long."
The panel is one of five placed on the grounds Monday, honoring the many in this community who have monetarily donated to the park that stands across from the Airborne & Special Operations Museum downtown.