Dedication set for Memory Lane's new garden


In what is becoming a Memorial Day tradition for Clintonville, the local historical society will dedicate a new garden along Memory Lane, also known as West North Broadway.

The brief dedication ceremony for the new Welcome Garden, which features an urn rescued from the historic Clinton Theater prior to its demolition, will take place at noon Monday, May 27, said Clintonville Historical Society President Mary Rodgers.

A bagpiper will be on hand, but Rodgers was having some trouble late last week in finding a bugler to play Taps. Anyone willing to help out with that may call her at 614-657-6854.

"The more buglers, the better," Rodgers said.

The gardens dedicated to Clintonville residents who died during World War II and the Vietnam War will have flags on display on Memorial Day. The Vietnam War memorial has been updated to add the names of some personnel originally left off, Rodgers said.

Following this year's gathering on Memorial Day, Rodgers said she would begin "working through the city's process" for having West North Broadway also identified on street signs as "Memory Lane." She said she hopes to have that finished in time for the fall installation of a garden commemorating local participation in the Underground Railroad.

Rodgers wrote in the historical society's latest newsletter that she recently received a call from a Vietnam veteran and North High School graduate.

"He and his fellow vets make an annual trip to Washington, D.C., via motorcycle," she wrote. "This year, he will carry with him the names of those from Clintonville who served in the war and lost their lives in service to our country. He will leave a memento at the (Vietnam Veterans Memorial) wall in their honor. All the mementos left at the wall are gathered by the park's staff and added to a collection of those items preserved for future generations."