Local journalists honored

The Friends of Fort Caswell presented framed certificates to two local journalists, recognizing their efforts in promoting the Friends’ missions.

On a rainy Veterans Day morning, Norma Eckard, president of Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range, recognized staff writer Lee Hinnant of The State Port Pilot for promoting the stabilization work at the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range and attending every commemoration and fundraising event. Lee was at the rifle range to document the event for Veterans Day, Veterans honored at Fort Caswell Rifle Pit.

Lee’s initial coverage of the rifle range was in 2012, Group aims to save World War I rifle range. He continued to document each step advancing the preservation of this unique piece of history. The Friends are thankful for his years of journalism!

To read all of Lee’s work about the rifle range in the State Port Pilot, click on the News tab.

Board members Gwen Causey, and Norma and Ron Eckard presented Brunswick Beacon Managing Editor Sam Hickman and his staff with a framed certificate of honor for publishing the World War I Profiles of Brunswick County men and women who served in the Great War. Since January 2018, Hickman and his staff have dedicated a space in the newspaper honoring the 718 local men and women who were identified as enlisting or reporting for duty, sacrificing their livelihoods and in some cases, their lives.

The Friends of Fort Caswell is a nonprofit whose members receive no compensation. Their mission is to stabilize and preserve the 1918 Fort Caswell Rile Range, which was built to train soldiers for World War I, as well as publicize and preserve the legacies of the men and women of Brunswick County who served in the Great War. The State Port Pilot and Brunswick Beacon provided significant assistance in accomplishing that mission.

The WWI Profiles published in the Brunswick Beacon and work to stabilize the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range are included in the book published in 2020, Brunswick County in the Great War: Preserving the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range and the Legacies of the Men and Women Who Served.

To order your own book, call or contact The Friends now as shown below (click to enlarge), or use the Purchase a Book link.

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