NorthPark Builds Sacred Space To Pay Homage to Military, First Responders
Signal Article On Dedication of Honor Court
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Honor Court Rendering
2nd Annual Honor Court Golf Classic at TPC Valencia on Monday, May 14, 2012
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The 2nd Annual Honor Court Golf Classic is Monday, May 14 at TPC Valencia. All proceeds go towards completing our Honor Court--a set apart space on our campus to celebrate the lives and honor the sacrifices of those servicemen & women and first responders who've given their lives in service to others.
There are many ways to help in this worthy cause. We are looking for Golfers, Volunteers, Hole Sponsors, Auction Items and Donations. Use the links below to sign up, pay online or find out more. You can also visit the Honor Court Table in Heritage Hall on Sundays.
NorthPark's Honor Court--History & Purpose
On September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on our country, we officially dedicated our "Honor Court."
The Honor Court is a sacred space, front and center on our 11 acre campus, set aside to pay homage to both Active Duty Military & First Responders and those local heroes who've given their lives in service to others.
The "Honor Court" is the brain child of NorthPark couple Bob & Kay Slocum, who lost their son in Operation Iraqi Freedom on the 24th of October, 2004. LCPL Ricky Slocum was just 18 years old when gave his life in service to our Country. The pain of the Slocum Family's loss was immense, but even in the midst of their grief they had a vision for building something that would serve to commemorate not only their own son and his sacrifice, but that of other local men & women who also gave all they had for others. Thus the idea for the "Honor Court" was born.
The Honor Court" was constructed on a folded flag shaped triangle of earth, and consists of three flag poles and a small courtyard. The area is made up of red and white pavers, laid out in the image of an American Flag and engraved with the names of Service Men & Women and First Responders, both living and dead. The areas most important element however, is the 11 Gold Stars engraved with the names of the seven young men from our valley who have paid for our freedom with their precious lives. The Honor Court will serve as a place of reflection and honor for the lives of these and others who will in the future also lay down their lives.
One Final Note: The Honor Court is an ongoing project. We still envision adding bronze pavers for other fallen first responders, a permanent “donor recognition area,” signage (bronze lettering which says “Honor Court”), a water feature, and a statue or “artistic” feature. Although we pray there will not be a need, we also want to make sure we have funds set aside to honor any future “fallen” first responders or military from the SCV.
With this vision in mind for what still “could be”--we would welcome donations to help us continue to add to the Honor Court. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a donation.
The “Honor Court” has been a labor of love that we pray will comfort, inspire & encourage all who visit.
Our sincere “thank you” to all the people and companies listed below for their part in building Phase I of the Honor Court. NorthPark Community Church could not have achieved its goal of creating a set apart place to honor our fallen military and first responders without each and every one of you.
Platinum Star Patrons
Gold Star Patrons
Bob and Lore Blanchard
Bob and Kay Slocum
Pacific Metal Stampings, Inc.
Silver Star Patrons
Dominic and Kris Sabatino
Steve & Vinnie Haag, Swaner Hardwood
Bronze Star Patrons
Joe & Kathy Allison
Dennis & Lu Coleman and Family
California Credit Union
D&S Gonzales Insurance
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Valencia Cigar & News
Special Thanks To:
Pastor Dave White for his creative vision and for allowing us to create a special place on campus to honor all our local heroes. And Jason Tomlinson General Contracting, Inc. for Jason’s incredible & tireless devotion to getting the Honor Court built.
The NorthPark Community Church Honor Court Committee members who have so generously stepped along beside us and given their time, talents and hearts to ensure the success of our fundraising efforts and the creation of the Honor Court.
Donated Goods and Services:
Carolyn James, G.I. Construction
Oscar Hernandez, Resolution Design, Inc.
Sand Building Materials
Valencia Lighting and Design
H & S Electric, Inc.