Written by Kelly Kaczala
Saturday, 25 October 2008 19:23
The Northwood Community Veterans Foundation is recognizing Veterans Day with a service at the Northwood veterans monument at 6000 Wales Road, in front of the municipal building, on Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.
The Foundation is offering to inscribe, for free, five paving bricks for five applicants interested in honoring a veteran. The bricks will be part of the monument. The Foundation will choose the five winning applicants at the service on Nov. 11.
Anyone can apply for the bricks.
“They don’t have to be for members currently serving in the military. It can be someone currently serving, or someone who has served in the past,” said Councilman Dave Gallaher, who is helping to organize the service.
“If someone wants to remember a father, mother, brother, sister, aunt or uncle – anyone - it could even be their next door neighbor, who has served in the military, they can nominate them for a brick,” said Gallaher.
The application should include a paragraph or less about the person being nominated.
“We need just a little information, such as what branch of the military they served in, the time frame, things like that,” said Gallaher.
“We will choose five recipients for installation into the monument. We’re limited in our space, so we’re going to have to narrow it down to the five people and somehow determine who’s going to be finally selected,” he said.
The nominations are not limited to Northwood residents, said Gallaher.
“They can be from people who live across the country,” he added. “We would really like to let this be a monument for all veterans, not just in Northwood.”
The application should also include the phone number of the person who is submitting the application, he said, so sponsors know what to inscribe on the brick in case their nominee is selected.
Nominations should be postmarked no later than Nov. 8 and sent to Veterans Brick Nomination, 210 Ritter Avenue, Northwood, OH 43619.
Though space is limited, the Foundation attempts to offer memorial bricks for free on occasion, said Gallaher.
“There’s so many people who deserve to be recognized, and they may not be able to purchase a brick. So we open this up once in a while so people have a chance to nominate others,” he said. “We really do have heroes and they sometimes live next door to each other. This is something we can do to say thank you.”
The monument was built about eight years ago. Northwood VFW 2984 raised $30,000 through the sale of bricks to build the monument on property donated by the city.