Bay veterans groups dedicate honor wall
On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Bay VFW Post 9693, Bay American Legion Post 385, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 249 dedicated a Veterans Honor Wall at the Dwyer Senior Center. This is the start of what we hope to be a lasting tribute to local veterans.
Our sincere appreciation goes out to the City of Bay Village, Mayor Paul Koomar and City Council, the service department, the recreation department and the Dwyer Center. We also wish to thank The Bay Village Foundation for their generous financial support critical for our initial efforts and the Kiwanis Club for providing funding for some of the work and materials. Finally, we wish to thank the many residents and veterans that joined us in this ceremony. Your presence and appreciation is why we do this.
We have started to receive requests for potential additions to the wall. The first and primary point is that all names that will be added to the wall will be deceased veterans. Living veterans will not be added.
Second, while the wall includes residents of the greater West Shore area, they must be members of the Bay Village veterans organizations noted. Our membership rolls are not only local but national. Deceased members in good standing at the time of their passing will be our first priority. Current living members that may pass as we move forward will be a high priority as these occur.
Finally, non-member veterans with close ties to Bay Village may be added upon receipt and verification of their residency and military history. "Close ties" can be subjective, but the Honor Wall Committee will look at residents that were born here, grew up here, or lived here for a significant period. We do not have the resources or the space to consider a wider inclusion. This has nothing to do with the sacrifice or patriotism of anyone, it is simply a matter of resources and capability.
If you have information or questions regarding any veteran, you may send letters, or copies of key military information to the following: Veterans Honor Wall Committee, P.O. Box 40185, Bay Village, OH 44140 or Veterans Honor Wall Committee, 695 Cahoon Rd., Westlake, OH 44145. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All emails received will be forwarded to the Committee. The Committee will meet periodically to review information and schedule updates.
We currently have known deceased members that we have information on that need to be added to plaques; this is our top priority for now. This will be an ongoing process. Information provided will be saved and reviewed as time allows. The Committee is just four members – two from the VFW, two from the American Legion. At some point, detailed research into Bay Village or veterans organizations' historical records will be attempted to look for residents that may not be known.