Bay Village Dedicates Veterans Honor Wall

Fred Green, VFW and Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar cut the ribbon at the new Bay Village Veteran’s Honor Wall in the Dwyer Senior Center.

The Bay Village and West Shore Veterans Organizations (VFW Post 9693, Am Legion Post 385, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 249), combined with the support of the City of Bay Village, The Village Foundation, and the Bay Village Kiwanis, have joined to establish an ongoing tribute to the Bay Village area veterans, and established members of the three local veterans organizations.

The Veterans Honor Wall was dedicated on Saturday November 10th at the Dwyer Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane, Bay Village.

The Honor Wall consists of a central tribute site and adjacent wall space with plaques of names of deceased members and local veterans. The initial dedication will just be the start to establish the the Honor Wall. Bi-annual updates will be made with appropriate honors to add to or modify and improve the site.

This Honor Wall will include residents from all over the West Shore area and the country for those members of the Bay Village veterans organizations. Many of these members are from Westlake, Avon, Rocky River, and other surrounding communities. Updates to the Honor Wall will occur near Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day each year.

Fred Green, VFW, Stan Zeager, American Legion and Geoff Kedzierski, Vietnam Veterans of America cut the cake celebrating the new Veterans Honor Wall in Bay Village. The cake was donated by O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village.

The main tribute area will consist of 2 VFW plaques, 2 American Legion plaques, and 1 VVA plaque, along with suitable decorations The two plaques of VFW members already exist and will be the core of the initial dedication. Two American Legion Plaques are in process but may not be received by Nov 10. If not received in time, the Legion and VVA plaques will be dedicated in May near Memorial Day. After the central tribute area, all additional plaques will be generic and include any eligible names no matter what organization or date of death. All information will be contained in the data listing and each plaque will be identified by a number for reference to locate a name of a relative or friend. These plaques will be mounted on adjacent wall space in the Dwyer Senior Center.

If you have information regarding a local Bay veteran or member of either Bay Posts and wish to contact the Honor Wall Committee, you can send the information to either of the following addresses; Veterans Honor Wall, VFW Post 9693, P.O. Box 40185, Bay Village, Ohio 44140, or Veterans Honor Wall, American Legion Post 385, 695 Cahoon Rd., Westlake, Ohio 44145. The information or question will be referred to the committee for review and validation.

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