History of a fairly recent kind was recognized earlier this month at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

History of a fairly recent kind was recognized earlier this month at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

A dedication ceremony was held June 2 to mark the installation of a donated painting commemorating the 2014 March Across America by Clintonville native Justin Kuhel.

The Marine combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the son of Clintonville Area Commission member Nancy Kuhel and her husband, Joe Kuhel, Justin Kuhel walked about 2,700 miles that spring, heading from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to Camp Pendleton in California.

Along the way, Kuhel raised more than $85,000 in donations for two charities -- Head Strong and Help Our Military Heroes -- that assist veterans, Clintonville Historical Society President Mary Rodgers said during the brief ceremony.

"When he came home, he actually took the time to give back to his fellow veterans," Rodgers said.

The painting by Columbus artist Adam Kiger was part of a Clintonville Rotary Club auction to raise money for March Across America, the historical society president said. The anonymous high bidder then donated the artwork to the Clintonville Community Fund, whose members turned to the society to find a public location to display it.

Justin Kuhel was unable to attend the dedication, but his parents were on hand.

Joe Kuhel pointed out that the plaque accompanying the painting lists his son as being a lance corporal, but Justin was promoted to corporal before being discharged.

"But it doesn't matter to him," Joe Kuhel said. "No biggie."

"I think it will mean a lot to him," Nancy Kuhel said of the painting.

Rodgers said she would have a replacement plaque engraved and installed.