In Memory of a Hero: Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail in Puyallup, WA
The Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail is at the South Hill Community Park. It is a well-maintained, paved trail system about 1.6 miles long. It's a pleasant, peaceful walk through both a forested area and man-made wetlands.
The trail is dedicated to the memory of Army Sergeant First Class Nathan Ross Chapman, a resident of South Hill, who was killed on January 4, 2002, in Afghanistan by enemy fire. He was the first American military casualty in Afghanistan and in the War on Terrorism, an ongoing international military campaign launched in 2001 with the U.S./U.K. invasion of Afghanistan in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. When he was hit that day in January, although mortally wounded, "SFC Chapman heroically returned fire until losing consciousness and is credited with saving the lives of his comrades" (see About Nathan Chapman).
If you would like to visit, here is a link to a map with the address: South Hill Community Park/The Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail, and here is a link to a trail map in pdf format.
Winter, 22 January 2010
Spring, 22 May 2009