GREENVILLE – “This memorial is dedicated to every man and woman who ever served honorably in a branch of the United States military.” No distinction is made whether the service was one day or career, combat or non-combat. The Wayne Hospital Foundation funded the Veterans Memorial but also thanked David Furlong, president of Fitzwater Tree and Lawn Care for his company’s generous donation of the water rock, memorial plaque and labor to make the Memorial possible. The foundation especially thanked those who served.
The Wayne Hospital Veterans Memorial was dedicated Aug. 15. It is located in front of the main entrance to the hospital. Pavers are engraved with service personnel’s service information, with the focal point the water rock and flag pole. A marker noting the branches of service sits at its base. The flag pole flies the American and POW/MIA flags, donated by American Legion Post 140, as well as the Ohio flag, presented by State Representative Jim Buchy.
The Memorial ceremony was attended by members of the District 2 Disabled American Veterans, commanded by Robert A. Foster, DAV members Floyd Foreman and Dale Marker, Veterans of Foreign Wars member Clark Lease and American Legion member Carl Wetzel. Also attending were a number of hospital employees and relatives of those who served.
Brief remarks were provided by Wayne Deschambeau, President/CEO of Wayne HealthCare, Aaron Cox, Co-chair of the Wayne Hospital Foundation, Furlong, Ohio Senator Keith Faber, Buchy, Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers, Darke County Commissioners Mike Stegall and Diane Delaplane, and Darke County Chamber of Commerce Director Sharon Deschambeau. Greenville High School senior Brook Netzley sang the National Anthem.
Members of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion served for the flag raising of the official dedication of Wayne Hospital Foundation’s Veterans Memorial. (Bob Robinson photo)