By Joe Bachman
“These stones can be cold and hard, but the memories they represent are warm and embracing.”
Words by Father William Menzel to open up the Wood County Veterans Memorial Legacy Stone Ceremony on Friday afternoon. The ceremony paid tribute to fallen veterans and honored the 10 that had legacy stones dedicated to them to adorn the Veteran’s Memorial.
“On this day we must remember and honor our veterans,” said Deputy Chief Randy Jahns. “They answered a call greater than themselves — it is because of them we enjoy the freedoms we have.”
Wood County District Attorney Craig Lambert also spoke at the ceremony, and read the names of the 10 service members to receive legacy stone honors.
“I want to thank all of the family members and friends of the veterans being honored here today,” said Lambert to the audience on hand. “I want to thank the citizens here that care about our veterans, and of course all of my fellow service members.”
The names of the 10 service members honored in today’s ceremony to receive legacy stones are as follows:
John L. Honeyager
Leroy S. Honeyager
The names of Gary Goodness, Robert Sherwood and Wayne Wayerski have been added to the memorial. They each died recently from contact with Agent Orange while fighting in Vietnam.