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Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail

 
 
Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 29, 2020
1. Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail Marker
Inscription.  In Honor of Col. George E. “Bud” Day, USAF (Ret.), MOH, and Doris “Dorie" Sorenson Day

Bud and Dorie were both natives of Sioux City, Iowa and later adopted the Fort Walton Beach area as their hometown.

After service in World War II and Korea, Bud was shot down over North Vietnam on August 26, 1967. He spent the next five years, seven months enduring torture and solitary confinement as a POW. While Bud was imprisoned, Dorie campaigned tirelessly for humane treatment of all POWs and for their release. Following Bud's return, they moved to Fort Walton Beach, where Bud was assigned as Vice Wing Commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB.

On March 6, 1976, President Gerald Ford presented Col. Day with the nation's highest award for valor, The Medal of Honor. This honor, along with his others, made him the most decorated airman in US history.

After his retirement from the Air Force, Bud practiced law while he and Dorie raised their four children in nearby Shalimar. Bud's efforts before the Supreme Court of the United States were a major factor in securing medical care for all qualified veterans.

When

Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 29, 2020
2. Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail Marker
Col. Day passed away on July 27, 2013, our community offered many suggestions as to how to honor him. It was Dorie who proposed that Bud would like to be remembered by a park in his adopted home town. Dorie's friends in the Fort Walton Beach Woman's Club, under the leadership of Mrs. Cissy Wyninegar, requested this location – a City of Fort Walton Beach-owned right of way along the “California Ditch.” With the fundraising efforts of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce and the generosity of many organizations and individuals, our community is honored to offer The Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail.
 
Erected 2015 by the City of Fort Walton Beach & Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, Vietnam.
 
Location. 30° 24.926′ N, 86° 36.321′ W. Marker is in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker is on Staff Drive NE east of Eglin Parkway (Florida Route 85), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Walton Beach FL 32548, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mistys (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prisoner of War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dorie's POW Negotiations (approx. 0.2 miles away); Class Action Lawsuit
Bud Days' Early Life marker along trail. (#1) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 29, 2020
3. Bud Days' Early Life marker along trail. (#1)
(approx. ¼ mile away); Preserving and Protecting the Mound (approx. 0.8 miles away); Story of the Fort Walton Temple Mound (approx. 0.8 miles away); Okaloosa County Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Walton (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Walton Beach.
 
Bud & Dorie Children Marker along trail. (#11) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 29, 2020
4. Bud & Dorie Children Marker along trail. (#11)
The Day Family, Memoriam marker along trail. (#12) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 29, 2020
5. The Day Family, Memoriam marker along trail. (#12)
Day Childrens Dedication marker along trail. (#16) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 29, 2020
6. Day Childrens Dedication marker along trail. (#16)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 31, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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