J.R. Wages was presented with the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Recognition Award for his work on American Legion Post 201's Walk of Memories in Alpharetta.
Wages, a long-time member of Post 201 and a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer (WO3), is the driving force behind the Walk of Memories, which is a veterans' memorial park.
Wages, served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, where he earned a Purple Heart.
The Walk of Memories is a unique memorial dedicated to honoring the memory of every Georgian killed in combat from World War II through the current war on terror. It contains bricks with the names of approximately 7,300 individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice.
He initiated the program in the 1990s and even today, despite his age, "Chief" as he is known around the American Legion, can be seen working on the grounds almost every day.
Wages was presented with a special certificate and a lapel pin during a Jan. 23 ceremony at the Sandy Springs Daughters of the American Revolution Meeting at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.