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Honoring a Hero:  Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Park is Dedicated 
Park at Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley
Includes Kiowa Warrior Helicopter and Memorial Walk

Written by Karen Brewer, Publisher, The Christian View magazine


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Betty Garrison, Dale Hampton, Ann Hampton, and Jim Garrison are pictured with the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Park the morning of the park's dedication, March 2, 2020. The park, located at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley, is named for the 1994 Easley High School graduate, who was the first American female pilot to be shot down and killed by hostile fire, and includes a Memorial Walk to honor veterans. Jim Garrison was the Director of Operation Dragonfly. Read the in-depth article about the dedication ceremony and view 100 photos.



When Ann Hampton’s 19-year-old cousin was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967, just before Ann’s husband, Dale, was to go into the military, it was "a sobering event" for the couple, she said, and she wondered how her aunt and uncle survived, losing a child, Ann not knowing that, one day, she and Dale would go through losing a child of their own -- their only child, Kimberly. Ann told the story to the crowd gathered for the dedication of a park named in memory of Kimberly, at the Easley library, which was also named to honor the first American female military pilot shot down and killed by hostile fire. “Freedom’s not free,” Ann said. “Don’t ever take it for granted.”

The Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Park at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley was dedicated the morning of Monday, March 2, 2020, 16 years and two months after the Hamptons’ daughter, age 27, was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq, on January 2, 2004. The park includes an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter such as the one that Kimberly flew. A Veterans Memorial Walk includes bricks, purchased by local citizens, that honor local veterans. A dragonfly sculpture was donated by South Carolina State Representative Neal Collins, of Easley.

Operation Dragonfly was the vision of Director Jim Garrison.

The crowd included local and national dignitaries, members of the American Legion and other veterans from the community, and local citizens who came to pay their respects and honor an American hero, their hometown hero.



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Alicia Limbaugh Tolbert, a childhood friend of Kimberly Hampton, is pictured with Kimberly's parents, Ann and Dale Hampton, following the dedication ceremony.



One of those who came to honor Kimberly was Alicia Limbaugh Tolbert, now a family physician in Clemson, who grew up in Easley with Kimberly and called her “a great friend and sister”, when Tolbert spoke with The Christian View magazine.  

“Kimberly was always at our house,” Alicia’s mother, Janice Limbaugh, a retired teacher, told The Christian View magazine. “She and my daughter grew up together. They played tennis together. She was like another daughter. She was like one of our family. She was valedictorian. She was head of the ROTC. She was smart and kind. She loved people, and everybody loved her. She made a lot of friends. She was athletic, just so all around. She was best all around in everything.”

In their early teens, Kimberly and Alicia went together to Ridgecrest in western North Carolina, Janice said. “They were good friends,” she said. “She loved the Lord. She and my daughter spent time in God’s word together. They had that relationship, as well as being friends.”

“She prayed to receive Christ at church camp when we were in the eighth grade,” said Alicia. “She was wonderful, a great friend and sister.” Alicia, who named her daughter, age four, Hampton, for Kimberly, called the dedication ceremony “amazing.”

“We’ve had a good day today,” said Janice. “It was bittersweet. It’s always wonderful to honor somebody that deserves it.”

The dedication ceremony began with music by the Easley High School Choral Ensemble, directed by Amy K. Byrd.




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Music by the Easley High School Choral Ensemble, directed by Amy K. Byrd, begins the dedication ceremony.


Michael Cogdill, a journalist with WYFF Channel 4, emceed the event and welcomed the crowd.

“Welcome to a time of honor,” he said. “Today, we honor, ladies and gentlemen, the living. Ann and Dale, thank you. Thank you for what you live with. Thank you for what this great country lives without. This great United States of America lives without the intellect of Kimberly Hampton, without the valor of Kimberly Hampton. But, ladies and gentlemen, it does not live without her legacy.”

He then asked for all veterans of the United States military to stand, or, if they were already standing, to raise their hands, and the audience applauded in appreciation of the veterans.

“Veterans, on behalf of this great country, on behalf of the world, so many veterans of these United States say thank you for what you did, thank you for what you were willing to do, thank you for what you’ve lived with,” he said.

“Gold Star mothers and fathers and all who loved Kimberly Hampton, thank you for the people you live without.

“However, Andy Burley, a decorated Vietnam veteran, stood at the Vietnam War memorial with me ….and he said, ‘You will never die if you are remembered.’

“Look at how she is remembered this day.”

Members of the Easley High School Naval JROTC (LCDR Al Carden (retired), Senior Instuctor) then presented the colors, and the Easley High School Choral Ensemble sang the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and Cogdill then led the crowd in reciting The Pledge of Allegiance.


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Michael Cogdill welcomes everyone gathered for the dedication ceremony.

Photographs in the slideshow below by Karen Brewer, Publisher, The Christian View magazine
       
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      Those pictured include United States Senator Lindsey Graham, Ann and Dale Hampton, Dr. John               Adams, Jim Garrison, Congressman Jeff Duncan.



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The Easley High School Choral Ensemble, directed by Amy K. Byrd, sing the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." 


John Adams, the Pastor of Easley First Baptist Church, gave the invocation. “Would you please pray with me. Almighty God, we ask for your presence and your blessings to rest upon us as we gather this morning to dedicate the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Park. We remember our Kimberly, our hometown hero, who grew up among us, answered the call to serve her nation, and gave her all for us in Iraq on January 2, 2004, so that we might live in freedom. We stand on this sacred soil, reminded of her high sense of duty to nation and her insatiable quest to learn, now memorialized twice over with the naming of a library and a park in her honor. We give you thanks for the impact of her strong and precious parents, Dale and Ann, who shaped her and gave her wings to fly. May this memorial park be a constant reminder to them that we shall never forget – never, ever forget. We give you thanks for the vision of this project and the tenacity to see it through to completion. We give you thanks for the countless volunteers who gave thought, time, and resources to this living reminder that freedom comes at a cost. We give you thanks for the numerous names of veterans whose names are etched in stone in our midst and carved deeply upon our hearts. May this memorial park not only prompt a memory and gratitude, but may it inspire sacrificial action upon all who visit these sacred grounds. In that way, Captain Kimberly Hampton and all these veterans will not have served in vain. We ask humbly that you continue to bless and guide our nation and give our brave men and women who are in harm’s way safety and protection. Now lead us in every aspect of this memorial service. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, the one who gave His life for us. Amen.”

Cogdill introduced and recognized special guests, Ann and Dale Hampton, Kimberly’s parents, who now live on the South Carolina coast; Gold Star Families and Blue Star Families; veterans, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham; U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan; South Carolina State Senator Rex Rice; South Carolina State Representatives Neal Collins from Easley and Davey Hiott from Pickens; members of Pickens County Council; Pickens County Administrator Ken Roper; Easley Mayor Butch Womack and City Council member Kent Dykes; and the Director of the Pickens County Library System, Stephanie Howard.



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Jim Garrison, Director of Operation Dragonfly, shares with the crowd (including, pictured, Michael Cogdill and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham) about the journey of the special project to bring an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter and build the Kimberly Hampton Memorial Park.


Jim Garrison, Director of Operation Dragonfly, thanked God for a beautiful day, as the expected morning rain did not come. “First of all, I would like to thank God for this beautiful day. I talk to him every day. And I put in a word for weather. If you would, bow with me, and let’s thank God for the beautiful day today. Dear God, I just thank you that we can go to you every day. And I just thank you for giving us a beautiful day today. And I just thank you for this crowd that’s come out today to honor Kimberly Hampton. Lord, I just thank you for this journey that you’ve carried us on, and just guide me as I try to convey my thoughts now. In Jesus’ name we pray, thank you.

“Thank you, Michael, for covering a lot of people, because it does take a lot of people. And he’s already thanked a lot of people that I was thinking of. It takes so many people.”

The journey of Operation Dragonfly, he said, began the week of Thanksgiving in 2014, after he read the book Kimberly’s Flight, by Ann Hampton and Anna Simon. “I heard Ann say one of the reasons she wrote it was, when she got into a nursing home and she couldn’t remember everything about her daughter, she wanted people to be able to read to her all of the accomplishments about her daughter and what great works that she had done. And that just really struck my heart. And I thought, what could I do? And then I thought about the God-given talents that God gave me. So, I started working on a rendering. I’m a visual person. So, I started on this rendering. It was a vision of mine, but a vision became a mission. It turned into Operation Dragonfly. And it does take a lot of people. So, with that group of people, we put together something that just turned out to be unbelievable.

“As a matter of fact, 15 years ago this past Thursday, the Captain Kimberly Hampton Library right here was opened, 15 years ago, named for her in her honor, in her memory. And here we are, 15 years later, and we’re opening up her memorial.

“She did not want her daughter to be forgotten, and we don’t want her daughter to be forgotten, either.

“The journey began then, but I couldn’t have done it without people.

“And one of the first persons I went to was Neal Collins. And I said, ‘Neal, what have I gotten myself into? I need a helicopter. Where in the world do you get a helicopter?’

“God has been all over this project. So many people have helped with this project.

“Paul Howell works for Senator Lindsey Graham. I could not have made it without Paul Howell. Paul Howell works in the Greenville office. Paul came to a meeting. He found out we had community support. Paul bought in. He was all in. Neal Collins was all in. He was all in on this project. Paul helped me throughout the whole thing, because, yes there’s a lot of paperwork.

“Everybody said, ‘Could you write a book about this?’ I could write volumes about this. Yes, I led Operation Dragonfly, but it takes a committee. It takes a lot of people. And I wish I could name everybody.

“Look for your brick. I thank you.

“It takes a lot of people to do this.

“Michael Cogdill has already mentioned the County. I’ve had great support, nothing but great support, from our County. Chris Bowers – I called him on vacation, interrupted his vacation, told him of my vision. He thought he could get me a majority vote. He didn’t. He got a unanimous vote from County Council, to support bringing a permanent memorial here in a suitable location, the location that I wanted, that we wanted, here at the library. I’ve had nothing but support from our County, starting with Gerald Wilson, the prior administrator for years. Gerald said, ‘Just run with it. Take ownership of it. It’s your project.’ That’s unusual - a citizen doing a project for the county. Yeah, you might get the credit, but you could get all the blame, too. And our Acting Administrator, Ken Roper, bought into it. He supported me to do this project. County Council, all of them, have been so supportive. Also, the departments of the County. Roads and Bridges helped me with the grading. The Welding Department helped me with these steel supports out here. The helicopter came in. They put it right in place. And they welded it in place. I could not have done it without Michael Clark and Jamie Reynolds, department heads. Would you help me thank these people that helped me get this done.

“Donors - unbelievable. Whether you gave $25 or $25,000, you had a part in this park. You’re all important. But I’ve got to name some people.  Lockheed Martin donated the paint. I talked to Lockheed Martin -- nothing but supportive. Who else would you want to paint your helicopter than Lockheed Martin? I talked to them. They said, ‘We’re going to paint your helicopter.’

“Lucas Durham, Landscape Perceptions, did all of the masonry, all of the rock work, all of the landscaping. He went to school with Kimberly, was in ROTC with Kimberly. I wanted him to do the project, mainly because he’s a high-end landscape guy, but he wanted to do the project because he was in ROTC with her. 


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Ann and Dale Hampton, Dr. John Adams, Congressman Jeff Duncan, veterans, and other special guests listen to Jim Garrison share the Operation Dragonfly story.



“I’ve got to tell you my God connection. There are so many. I spoke to the Lions Club one time, going around campaigning for this mission. And two people were very attentive to listen to my mission and stayed afterward and asked a lot of questions. And I like that. And that was Bill and Sue Whitlock from Easley. As a matter of fact, they go to my church, but I didn’t know them that well. But they just kept asking questions about it. And he said, ‘I’ve got some relatives that would be really interested in your project.’ And I didn’t ask why, but I answered the questions. Bill and Sue Whitlock were related to Jimmy Cape. Jimmy Cape was a great baseball player for Easley High School. He and his wife, Adelaide, are sitting right here. They have a daughter named Lucia Cape. Lucia Cape is a ‘mover and a shaker’ from the Chamber of Commerce in Huntsville, Alabama. Lucia contacted me and said, ‘I think I can help you. I’m going to connect you with somebody by way of e-mail. I’m going to introduce you to Robert Michell. Bob just happens to be the Curator of the United States Army Aviation Museum in Fort Rucker, Alabama, where Kimberly did all of her training. Robert says, ‘Sir, I think I can help you.’ Adelaide is a second cousin to Kimberly. Jimmy Cape is a first cousin to Dale Hampton. You tell me God’s not all over this project.”

On June 21, 2018, Garrison said, he began communicating with Bob Mitchell, and, on June 21, 2019, Garrison received confirmation that Pickens County and Operation Dragonfly were going to receive a helicopter.

“Not only are we dedicating the park, he said. “We are dedicating the Veterans Memorial Walk. Background bricks in here are not engraved, but they represent veterans that did not buy a brick. They represent veterans. The engraved bricks were purchased by families that are honoring their loved ones.

“The Cardinal Corner Walk was a second chance place that people were able to buy some additional bricks that didn’t get in the Veterans Memorial Walk. We’re also dedicating these walks today for them also.

“I’m a blessed man. I’ve always been taught to give back, to leave the world in a better place than you found it. I’ve tried to use my God-given talents through my church and now my community.

“From conception to completion, I’ve used this phrase, ‘Let’s get this done.’ Well, Operation Dragonfly, we got it done. We got it done.”

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Dale Hampton hugs Jim Garrison after Garrison shares about Operation Dragonfly.




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Ann Hampton thanks Jim Garrison for honoring the Hamptons' daughter, Kimberly.



Cogdill then introduced U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who thanked Garrison’s wife, Betty, for organizing the program.

“Jim, when you spoke, you could tell it came from the heart,” said Graham. “And to all that made this possible, God bless you, because a lot of young men and women who will come to the library and see this park will be reminded of an American hero in Captain Hampton. Thank you all very much. 

“Getting a helicopter from Alabama to South Carolina is a lot harder than it should be, but it is here.

“Dale and Ann, thank you for coming up.

“It’s a long way from Easley to Fallujah. What I thought I would do very briefly is talk about why. The war is not over. She was quite a trailblazer. She went to PC (Presbyterian College), through ROTC, and became the first female pilot to be killed in action in the history of the United States. If you know anything about Easley and South Carolina, it shouldn’t surprise you. This is the part of the world where we pay our taxes and we fight the wars. This is the part of the world where people answer America’s call. This is the part of the world where you stand for the national anthem. Kimberly was well raised. She was a trailblazer.


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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham speaks at the dedication ceremony for the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Park.




 “Let me tell you a little about what is going on in the world. There are female pilots in Afghanistan and Iraq today. That’s a real honor to her. I find it fitting that the memorial to her is a library. You want to make the terrorists go nuts? Dedicate a library to a woman.

“To all those who have served over there, you’re making us safe here. Kimberly fell in a faraway place, but for a very near and dear cause – freedom. How long will it take us to learn that what happens over there eventually comes here? And to all the veterans who stand between them and us, God bless you. 

“Why did she have to go? That’s the part of the world where all of this started. We were attacked from Afghanistan, but Iraq was a bad place, in the hands of a bad man doing bad things. Iraq is still a bit of a mess, but it’s better than it used to be, and it’s going to get better over time. I’ve been there 57 times. Why? Because I want to understand what’s going on over there, so I can tell you why it matters here. She got it. Nobody had to explain it to her. She understood the mission. She was there in the fight, and she fell, and we will never forget. So, I want to thank Dale and Ann for raising such a patriotic young lady. I want to thank her and her family for their commitment to the United States. I want to thank Operation Dragonfly for being the success it has become, so that we will never forget. 

“But this is about inspiring today. If you’re not inspired by her story, there’s something wrong with you. There will be a young lady who will come here, and she’ll be inspired, and she’ll go down the road that Kimberly went, and that will be a tribute to Kimberly. There will be a lot of young guys come here, too, and be inspired. All I can say is, I wish the war were over. I wish it wasn’t so hard. I wish nobody had to go again. But they do. And here’s the one thing I promise you as your Senator. I’m going to stay on top of it. I’m going to keep informed. I’m going to make sure we’re safe here. I’m going to have the back of all the Captain Hamptons. God bless you.”



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Ann Hampton and Dale Hampton, Dr. John Adams, Jim Garrison, Congressman Jeff Duncan listen to Senator Lindsey Graham speak at the dedication ceremony.




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Ann and Dale Hampton, Dr. John Adams, and Jim Garrison listen to U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham speak at the dedication ceremony.



Cogdill then introduced Kimberly’s mother, Ann Hampton, who thanked everyone for coming. “Maybe you’re not a veteran,” she said. “Maybe you’re not a Blue or Gold Star (family). But maybe you’re an everyday citizen. Maybe you’re a PC friend. Maybe you were in the PC ROTC. We thank everyone who is here, and we’re grateful for everyone’s presence. Our family, Dale and I and our extended family, we are so grateful to Jim, Betty, Operation Dragonfly. Some of you gave your money. That’s great. Jim’s happy for that. But maybe you didn’t have money. Maybe you volunteered some time. Maybe you prayed for him. Maybe you have prayed for us. Maybe you gave him emotional support. I know his family has just been awesome. Whatever part you played, and your presence today, we thank you.


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Ann Hampton speaks at the dedication ceremony for the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Park, named for her daughter.



“To the citizens of Easley and Pickens County, Kimberly is your daughter. This is home for her – always was, always will be.

“To the veterans who are here, Kimberly was your sister in arms.

“I want to invite everyone to come spend time in this beautiful park. Think about everything that had to happen to make this possible. Reflect on Kimberly. Reflect on your life. This is not all just about Kimberly, even though Jim says it is. But it’s about all you veterans. Veterans’ families, you have been supportive.”

She then asked the Gold Star families to stand, and the crowd applauded.

Hampton then related the story of when her family received a telegram in 1967, when her 19-year-old first cousin lost his life in Vietnam, and how she and Dale have had to go through what her aunt and uncle went through, losing a child. “Freedom’s not free,” she said. “Don’t ever take it for granted. Thank you for being here. May God bless you, and may God bless America.”
 

Cogdill closed by saying, “Notice something about this place. It is peaceful. It is a place of peace. You warriors who have been to war, you know you long for peace. Veterans who have been to battle -- they fight in the name of peace. They long for it. They come home and often don’t have it. Peace to you. Ann and Dale, peace to you. Peace to you, Gold Star families. Blue Star Families, waiting for that homecoming. It is attributed to Mr. Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson, who stands there in the Tidal Basin to this day. ‘One man with courage is a majority.’ In this case, it is one young woman, Captain Kimberly Hampton. God bless you, everyone.”

Following the ceremony, Pickens County’s Acting Administrator Ken Roper told The Christian View magazine, “I think this is going to be a great draw, a great lesson, a great history-teaching moment for the library for many years to come.”

Pickens County Council Chair Roy Costner told The Christian View magazine, “It is really a humbling experience to know what this family has gone through to get to this point. What a great inspiration for future women, and for the vets that we have now. How cool is it that Senator Graham was here and that Congressman Jeff Duncan came here. It’s a ‘who’s who’ of people in the community and citizens and vets. It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. It was an incredible ceremony and something that I’ll remember. I can’t wait to take my granddaughter. That’s all I was thinking of, taking my granddaughter here and showing her this.” His granddaughter is only seven months old, he said, but, when she is older, he will take her to this park and talk about it with her, and tell her that he was present for the dedication ceremony.

Chris Bowers, who represents Easley on Pickens County Council, told The Christian View magazine, “I’m just really excited. It’s been a long time coming. It’s hard to believe -- when Mr. Garrison called me, and we talked about it, initially, just seeing it to fruition, I could have never imagined it would be this phenomenal. Families from our community are represented and will be for a long time. It really gives Kimberly’s namesake something to live on. It’s very exciting.”

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                                          Ann Hampton greets a U.S.  Army dog named Hampton.



Scott Dillard, a veteran who served in Iraq at the same time as Kimberly, and who first met Dale Hampton on December 12, 2019, the day the helicopter arrived at the library, was present for the March 2 dedication ceremony along with his wife, Tasha, and their daughters, Mary Beth, age seven, and Charlotte, age two. “I thought it was phenomenal, an absolutely fitting tribute,” he said of the ceremony when he spoke with The Christian View magazine. “It’s really amazing,” he said of the park. “A lot of work went into this. It’s amazing.” His wife agreed. “It’s beautiful,” Tasha said of the park.


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Scott and Tasha Dillard with daughters Mary Beth, age seven, and Charlotte, age two.


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Scott Dillard and daughters, Mary Beth and Charlotte, with Dale and Ann Hampton following the dedication ceremony.
Slideshow photographs above by Karen Brewer, Publisher, The Christian View magazine


Dale’s sister, Patsy Hampton Finley, who was also present the day the helicopter arrived, was present for the dedication ceremony, as were three of her, and Dale’s, first cousins: Vickie Hampton Burgess, Teddie Hampton Griffith, and Ellen Hampton Dickson. Their fathers were brothers. There were four Hampton brothers, they said, who all served in World War II at the same time. (The brothers had two sisters who died young.)


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Dale Hampton (center) and his sister, Patsy Hampton Finley (at right), with their first cousins Vickie Hampton Burgess, Ellen Hampton Dickson, and Teddie Hampton Griffith.


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Vickie Hampton Burgess, Ellen Hampton Dickson, Dale Hampton, Ann Hampton, Teddie Hampton Griffith, and Patsy Hampton Finley.


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Dale Hampton and his sister, Patsy Hampton Finley.



Also present for the dedication ceremony was Tammie Davenport, a Gold Star Mother, whose son, Marine Lance Corporal James Ray Davenport, was killed in action in 2006 and is buried on the family farm in Anderson. She has known Ann Hampton for 12 years, she said, as she spoke with The Christian View magazine following the ceremony. “We were part of the ones that went to Iraq together in 2010, when we took the humanitarian aid trip. There were nine Gold Star Moms that went. So, we met through Gold Star. It’s a rough way to meet, but you meet some amazing people.”

She said she was grateful for the good weather for the ceremony. “It’s a little chilly, but it didn’t rain, and it turned into a beautiful day for Dale and Ann. That’s a really good thing.

“This is absolutely amazing,” she said of the park.

“Ann is just an amazing woman. I love Ann. I always describe Ann as a lady. She is just such a graceful person. I love her. So, when she told me about this, I wanted to make sure to be here and come up in honor of Kimberly.”

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                  Dale Hampton and Ann Hampton with Gold Star Mother Tammie Davenport.


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Ann and Dale Hampton with the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, the same type of helicopter that their daughter, Kimberly, flew, the day of the dedication ceremony for the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Park at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley.



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                                 Dragonfly sculpture donated by S.C. State Rep. Neal Collins of Easley.


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