Dorie Day

Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail In FWB Now Complete

Nov 5, 2015

  The Ft. Walton Beach community commemorated the completion of The Bud and Dorie Day Patriots’ Trail.

“And now, families, children, young people, and adults using that trail today,” FWB Mayor Mike Anderson leads the celebration marking the completion of the trail.

“And, just the inspirational notes that are along the way, it’s just really, really a fitting tribute to a great American hero and the great American wives who are behind these heroes.”

Grand Opening Of The Bud And Dorie Day Patriots' Trail

Jun 3, 2015
Danielle Freeman

The Bud and Dorie Day Patriots’ Trail is officially open in Ft. Walton Beach.

The trail is named in honor of Vietnam War hero Col. Bud Day, who died in July of 2013 at the age of 88, and his wife Dorie. It winds down Staff Drive, Nebraska Avenue, and California Drive and features 16 historical markers comprised of information highlighting their life together.

There’s a marker detailing Bud’s childhood, another on how he met the woman who would become the love of his life.

Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail Coming To FWB

May 22, 2014
Photo via Flickr//FWB Chamber

The Bud and Dorie Day Patriots' Trail will wind through a neighborhood behind Uptown Station on Eglin Parkway. The trail has been a community effort from the very start. The city of Ft. Walton Beach donated the land and the greater FWB Chamber of Commerce has taken charge of fundraising the $100,000 needed to build it. Ted Corcoran, the Chamber of Commerce President said the community was looking for a unique way to honor Bud Day who called the area home for over three decades until his death last year, "He has statues; he has airports around the country named after him.