Second Memory Walk garden dedicated on Veterans Day


A memorial to the men and women who served the United States during the Vietnam War will be the second addition to the Memory Walk along West North Broadway.

The garden will be formally dedicated during a ceremony on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. It will begin at 1 p.m. on the north side of West North Broadway between Milton Avenue and North High Street, said Clintonville Historical Society President Mary Rodgers.

"When we committed to bring Memory Lane back to Clintonville, we committed to doing at least 12 of these gardens, and so this is the second of those," Rodgers said. "It is the Vietnam Memorial Garden."

The original Memory Lane along the same stretch of road was dedicated in a ceremony May 30, 1947, sponsored by the Northern Kiwanis Club and funded by the Civic Improvement Group of the Clintonville Woman's Club. It initially was a memorial to those who lost their lives while serving their country during World War II. Seventy flowering crab trees were planted along the stretch of West North Broadway, each with a bronze marker listing the name, rank and branch of service of the individual being honored.

When West North Broadway was extended to Kenny Road, the trees came down and the plaques were moved to Union Cemetery.

In replacing Memory Lane with Memory Walk, historical society members obtained a Scott's Miracle-Gro Community Fund grant through the Columbus Foundation and also received donations from the Clintonville Woman's Club, the North High School Women's Alumni Association and neighborhood residents.

The first of the Memory Walk gardens, which remembers World War II veterans, was dedicated on Memorial Day of this year.

The second recognizes people involved in a more-recent conflict.

"At the event, we will recognize individuals who served in that war (Vietnam), some living and some passed away," Rodgers said.

She said last week she's uncertain how many living veterans will be on hand because she hears from more each day, either through phone calls or at the Clintonville Historical Society's Facebook page.

Vietnam War veterans, or those who know one, are invited to call Rodgers at 614-657-6854.

Bagpiper John McCullough will be on hand for the dedication event. A minister also will be present along with a singer/bugler, Rodgers said.

The ceremony should last 15 to 20 minutes, after which those attending will be invited to help plant hundreds of daffodils in the two gardens.

"I think it will be a nice event -- short and sweet," Rodgers said.

The third garden will include a welcome sign and will memorialize the performing arts in the neighborhood. It will incorporate an urn salvaged from the Clinton Theater before it was torn down.