Following Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 26, American Legion Paschall Post 164 and Veterans of Foreign War 8198 unveiled plans for a new Honor Roll and Memorial Garden to pay tribute to local veterans.
The Honor Roll will contain the names of all the Grove City residents who served in the military during World War II. It will be located in a new memorial garden at the post, 3363 McDowell Road, and be 16 feet wide and 111/2 feet tall, not counting the figurine of a bald eagle that will be perched on top.
"What the city agreed to do is build an exact, historical replica," American Legion Commander Jeff Shipley said. "We should have everything in place by Veterans Day."
The plans were announced as part of a community open house.
The original Grove City Honor Roll was dedicated Oct. 31, 1943, in downtown Grove City and sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Eesley-Zimmer Post 3821. A replica of the original has been located on the post grounds since around 2000, but will be replaced by stronger, permanent material.
"It's designed to go on indefinitely," Shipley said.
The post has begun selling memorial bricks to line the pathway of the garden. For $50, families can have the names of their loved ones engraved on a brick. This is open for members of any of the armed services during any period, Shipley said.
"It's not just a Legion or VFW membership thing," he said. "Anyone who served in any era in any service is welcome."
The application for a brick also includes a page for the personal story of the veteran being remembered. Shipley said it's important to get those stories now so in the decades to come, people will be able to share them. This is especially important for World War II veterans, he added.
"We're losing them, losing their stories, losing that history," Shipley said. "We want their stories. We're trying to collect as much history as we can to complete the story on the memorial."
Bricks can be added to the memorial garden in the future because it is being built with room to expand, Shipley said.
Applications can be picked up at the American Legion Post, 3363 McDowell Road.
For more information about the memorial, call 614-875-5106 or visit americanlegionoh164.com.