The dramatic installation saw Kotecki Monuments use a large crane to set the 10 large stones in their proper places at the memorial. The memorial is located in the park behind the Fire Department (36185 Detroit Road) and next to the Avon Aquatic Facility.
The process began at about 11 a.m.and took a good part of the day. Spectators including Mayor Bryan Jensen were on hand to witness the installation.
The memorial brings a dramatic and moving statement to the community. Not only does the monument represent six major wars, starting with World War I, it memorializes three hometown military veterans who lost their lives in service to the country – David F. Schneider (‘65), John M. Barelka (‘80) and Patrick E. Smith, Jr. (‘65).
In addition to tributes to those who served in WWI. WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf and Iraq, the memorial also uniquely honors those who serve in the War on Terror. A marker central to the layout states, “Honoring All Those Who Have Served in Defense of Our Country.”
Also on hand for the installation were Kerry Barvincak and Mike Khoma, Commander Avon/Avon Lake VFW Post 7035. Barvincak and Khoma worked diligently on the design of the memorial at the request of Mayor Bryan Jensen, who initiated the project to fulfill a need in the community to adequately recognize all who have served our country and sacrificed.
With the professional assistance of Clark and Post Architects of Lorain and Kotecki Monuments, the memorial has come to dramatic fruition, bringing a powerful statement of patriotism and recognition to a location central to the heart of the Avon community.
The monument area is currently blocked off for safety reasons, as each stone, weighing approximately one ton, settles in. But visitors are already stopping to view the stunning tribute to America’s veterans.
A ribbon cutting for the new memorial will take place in the near future, date to be announced.