The annual Veterans Day and Voices from the Stone program will be held at the Veterans Plaza on the Union County Courthouse lawn at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.
Ten years ago, the Veterans monument and Plaza was dedicated to all Union County veterans and the first Voices from the Stone was heard. The honorees on this 10th year will be the first casualties of the Vietnam War from Union County. They were Calvin Newell, Ronald Hamilton and Charles Bowersmith.
The goal of the Veterans Remembrance Committee who oversees the plaza, is to make sure all Union County veterans are listed and honored in the county website database and kiosk that is located behind the monument and to become a part of the plaza by having a brick in the floor with their name inscribed.
The Plaza belongs to every veteran in the county and is for the purpose of honoring and giving thanks to all area veterans, past and present, who have served whether during conflict or peace on home soil or overseas.
New pavers will be dedicated into the plaza at this Veterans Day and Voices from the Stone program. A veteran may purchase their own, or they make a gift or can be purchased as a gift certificate. Any family, friend or an organization can add a paver into the walkway to the monument or the plaza floor where it could be located close to a comrade’s paver.
They may be purchased at the Union County Foundation, www.unioncountyfoundation.org or 126 N. Main St., Marysville. The purchase deadline for this year’s dedication is Friday, Oct. 13.
Those interested in helping with the general care of the plaza can do so by making personal or business tax deductible contribution to the Veterans Remembrance Fund, c/o Union County Foundation.
As of now, there are 2,081 veteran pavers purchased and installed in the plaza floor and 4,279 published veteran records on the website, which may be accessed at www.ucvetmemorial.org or at the kiosk at the plaza.
All veterans are encouraged to publish their information and picture on the county website.
For more information, contact Marie Bouic at 740-666-2333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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