February 15, 2012
Batavia, Ohio. When veterans gather at the Union Township Veteran’s Memorial Park this Memorial Day, it will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 649 taking part in a 24-hour vigil to read the names of local service personnel killed in service to their country. “We hope that by Memorial Day, all the bricks that are the groundwork for the memorial will be inscribed with tributes to loved ones,” said VVA Chapter 649 President Ken Williamson. “The monies we receive from the sale of the bricks goes to help maintain the memorials at the park and to help local veterans.”
Williamson said that people who purchase the $30 bricks can have three lines engraved on them. The bricks are arranged on the ground below the “Huey” helicopter that is mounted at Veteran’s Park, located at the corner of Glen Este-Withamsville Road and Clough Pike. The helicopter once flew combat missions in Vietnam.
“The money we raise for the sale of the bricks, pays for maintaining the memorials at the park and to help support our mission,” said Williamson. For more information about the memorial bricks, visit the website www.vva649.org. Applications for memorial bricks are also available at the following locations: Union Township Civic Center; Clermont Veterans’ Services Office in Batavia; Campbell’s Barn in Amelia; Goshen Skyline Chili; LCNB National Bank in Goshen; PC-ER (inside Wal-Mart) in Amelia; Joe Kidd Automotive; Amelia Florist Wine and Gift Shop; Stylin’ on Main for Kids in Milford; American Heritage Insurance (Cliff Riley) in Milford; and Harley-Davidson of Eastgate.
To watch an interview about the memorial bricks, visit the website www.clermontcountyohio.gov/videoretirement.aspx.
Pictured above: VVA Chapter 649 President Ken Williamson holds an example of a memorial brick that can be purchased and dedicated to a loved one.###
For additional information about this or other county news, contact Clermont County Communications Director Kathy Lehr at (513) 732-7597 or by e-mail, klehr@ clermontcountyohio.gov.