The Avon Veterans Memorial (located behind the Post Office at 36225 Detroit Road) serves as the perfect backdrop for the special Photographic War Memorial, Remembering Our Fallen. The memorial honors our country’s military who fell in the global war on terror (September 11, 2001 – August 30, 2021) through military and personal photos. The exhibition is free and open to the public from September 1st to 5th.
“There are two identical national monuments touring our nation; each has 5,391 casualties from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Bill Williams, co-founder of Patriotic Productions, in an email. “Also included are military personnel who died in training casualties in the States or overseas (red banners) as well as those who served in combat zones but lost their battles to PTS (post traumatic stress) upon returning home (blue banners). ). .
Patriotic Productions is a non-profit organization founded by Bill and his wife Evone. They are neither veterans nor do they come from military families. The couple’s four sons have all volunteered to serve our country; two soldiers and two marines.
According to information released on the organization’s website, the Williams were inspired to create “Remembering Our Fallen” in the fall of 2010. Her eternal hope is to “honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, to bring comfort to friends and family for those who fell, and to remind others of the tremendous cost paid by some.” His legacy will be that these men and women will never be forgotten and that their names will be remembered.’ The inspiration for this project came after reading a story in the Omaha World-Herald newspaper about a father whose pain and grief were even greater four years after the death of his son Joshua Ford in Iraq.
In November 2010, with support from the newspaper and financial support from sponsors including Bellevue University, Bill and Evone created the traveling photo memorial. The memorial included photos of the Nebraska soldiers who died in the War on Terror since September 11, 2001. Over the next few years, they decided to create monuments to other states.
“The goal of Remembering Our Fallen is like that of other war memorials — to remind Americans of the tremendous cost of our freedom and to remember those who sacrificed everything,” said Bill. “The greatest fear of a Gold Star family is that their loved one will be forgotten. Speak their names.”
After the completion of 19 state memorials, the focus shifted to a national memorial that encompasses the fallen from across the country. This National Memorial was unveiled on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC in September 2017 and continues to tour the nation to give Americans across the country an opportunity to honor our fallen. In 2020, a second identical memorial was completed.
Sheri Seroka, Avon’s business development consultant, happened upon the memorial while visiting family in Illinois a few years ago.
“I don’t personally know any soldiers who lost their lives, but I found myself lost in their stories and was so humbled by their sacrifice,” she said. “I’ve spent several hours going through the installation and still haven’t gotten it all done. Mayor (Bryan) Jensen is always looking for events that are relevant, timely and meaningful for Avon. This event checks all of these boxes. And with the location of the Avon Veterans Memorial, we have the perfect starting point.”
The memorial is self-run, but Seroka noted that the plan is to have volunteers available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day (September 1-5) to answer questions or direct visitors to a specific site to a specific service person to lead. A few events are also scheduled for opening day, September 1 at 10am, including:
– Representation of the colors – Army National Guard
– National Anthem – Jeff Stanczyk (former Cleveland Police Department and Avon School Resource Officer)
– Invocation – Pastor Jeffrey Phail (Police and Fire Department Chaplain)
– Riderless Horse – Mounted Unit of the Cleveland Police Department
–Gun Salute – Army National Guard
– Taps – Kerry Barvincak (Avon VFW Post 7035)
–Amazing Grace – Keith Haag and Pat Sullivan, members of the Cleveland Police Department’s Pipe and Drum
–Retirement of colors
For more information, see patrioticproductions.org/rememberingourfallen. If you have any questions about the event, contact Seroka at 440-420-2041 or email [email protected]
Resurfacing Project: Road work begins this week on State Route 83 from Detroit Road to the Mills Road roundabout. The project is expected to last approximately six weeks (weather permitting). Work on the sidewalk/crosswalk ramps will begin during the day and traffic will be maintained during this time. Milling and paving is expected to begin on September 6th and this work will be carried out at night. Although traffic will be maintained during the milling/paving, drivers should expect some delays while driving. Motorists are encouraged to find alternative routes now. School starts on Thursday, so traffic will be heavy throughout the city. Plan accordingly now.
Fact sheet on the new fire brigade edition: Be an informed resident. In November, voters vote on an income tax hike in support of Avon Lake security forces. A factsheet with full details is available on the city’s website, go to avonlake.org.
Fischer Derby: The Fisherman Derby is back. The event for children aged 15 and under will take place on September 10th from 10am to 1pm at Walker Road Park, 31621 Walker Road. Pre-registration is required for the free event. The closing date for entries is 9 September at 12 noon. Go to avonlakerec.com.
soup bowl: The Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services (CRS) SOUPer Bowl Food Drive is a friendly competition between the communities of Avon and Avon Lake to see who can collect the most food by weight. All food collected will benefit families through the on-site CRS pantry. Monetary donations are also accepted. Every $1 donated counts as five pounds of food.
The winner of the food drive competition will be announced at halftime of the Avon vs. Avon Lake varsity soccer game on September 9th and will receive the SOUPer Bowl Trophy. Since its inception in 2010, the SOUPer Bowl has raised £69,509 in food and $134,021 in monetary donations.
Food donations can be dropped off at all schools in Avon and Avon Lake, or you can bring your donations to the September 9th game. Visit aalcrs.org for more information.
dog splash: The 2022 Bare Bones Big Splash will be held September 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Avon Lake Municipal Pool – Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center, 32850 Electric Blvd. Snacks for dogs and humans are available for purchase. Online registration ends on September 9th at 5:00 p.m. The first 300 online registrations will receive a special gift. Registration prices are: handler and dog, $15; maximum of three additional guests per registration, $5 each; and a maximum of one additional dog per registration is $5. To register, go to loveastraydog.com.
Dean’s list: Pat Adams was inducted into the Dean’s List of Emerson College (Boston).
Back to school preparation: Lake Ridge Academy recently hosted the Be the Change Summer Institute for 22 faculty and staff volunteers. According to school officials, participants spent days prototyping lesson ideas that aligned with “Lake Ridge’s renewed focus on managing relationships, delivering exceptional educational outcomes and prioritizing wellbeing and belonging.” The workshop was hosted by educational consultant and author Grant Lichtman.
hunt game: It’s time to register land for longbow/crossbow deer hunting. The season runs from set. February 24-5. Visit the Police Station lobby at 7307 Avon Belden Road or download the forms from the Police Department’s website, nridgeville.org/DeerHunting.aspx. Submit forms at the police station or email [email protected]
Autumn Festival: Lake Ridge Academy is hosting a Children’s Fall Festival for children ages 12 and under in the community on October 1 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the school, 37501 Center Ridge Road.
Activities include Henna Artists, Airbrush Tattoo Artists, Balloon Twisters, Cake Walk, Characters, Face Painters, Jugglers, Hoops, Giant Bubble Station, Scarecrow Stilt Walkers, Magicians; games and prizes. Kids can play trick-or-treating on a safe path that winds its way through the “not-so-scary” limestone path forests on campus. Each child will receive a surprise bag with prizes and costumes are welcome. There will be food vendors on site. The event is limited to around 250 children. The cost is $16 for children ages 2-12. Registration is required. Registration will open shortly, but you can pre-register for tickets by emailing [email protected]
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