The Avon Veterans Memorial (located behind the Post Office, 36225 Detroit Road) will serve as the perfect backdrop to host the special photographic war memorial, Remembering Our Fallen. The memorial honors our country’s military fallen 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 1 to 5.
“There are two identical national memorials that run through our nation; each has 5,391 dead from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Bill Williams, co-founder of Patriotic Productions said in an email. “Also included are service members and service members who died in basic training accidents in the United States or overseas (red banners), as well as those who served in combat zones but lost their battles due to of PTS (post-traumatic stress disorder) after returning home (blue banners).
Patriotic Productions is a non-profit organization founded by Bill and his wife, Evonne. They are not veterans, nor are they from military families. The couple’s four sons all volunteered to serve our country; two soldiers and two marines.
According to information posted on the organization’s website, the Williams were inspired to create Remembering Our Fallen in the fall of 2010. Their undying hope is “to honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, to comfort the friends and family of those who have fallen and to remind others of the enormous cost some have paid. His legacy will be that these men and women will never be forgotten and their names will be remembered. The inspiration for this project came after reading an article in the Omaha World-Herald newspaper about a father whose pain and grief was even greater four years after the death of his son, Joshua Ford, in Iraq. .
In November 2010, with the support of the newspaper and the financial support of sponsors, including the University of Bellevue, Bill and Evonne created the traveling photographic memorial. The memorial included photos of the Nebraska dead who had died in the War on Terror since September 11, 2001. Over the next few years, they decided to create memorials for other states.
“The purpose of Remembering Our Fallen is like that of other war memorials – to remind Americans of the enormous cost of our freedom and to remember those who sacrificed everything,” Bill said. “A Gold Star family’s greatest fear is that their loved one will be forgotten. Speak their names.
After completing 19 state memorials, the focus shifted to a national memorial that encompasses the dead from across the country. This national memorial was unveiled in September 2017 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and continues to tour the country, giving Americans across the country the opportunity to honor our dead. In 2020, a second identical memorial was completed.
Sheri Seroka, Avon’s business development consultant, saw the memorial while visiting family in Illinois a few years ago.
“I don’t personally know of any military personnel who lost their lives, however, I found myself lost in their stories and so humbled by their sacrifice,” she said. “I’ve spent several hours walking around the facility and still haven’t figured it all out. Mayor (Bryan) Jensen is always looking for events to bring to Avon that are relevant, timely and meaningful. This event ticks all those boxes. And with the location of the Avon Veterans Memorial, we have the perfect setup.
The memorial is self-guided, however, Seroka noted that it was planned to have volunteers available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day (September 1-5) to answer questions or guide visitors to the specific location of the memorial. a specific service person. A few events are also planned for opening day, September 1 at 10 a.m., including:
–Presentation of Colors – Army National Guard
— National Anthem – Jeff Stanczyk (Retired Cleveland Police Department and Avon School Resource Officer)
–Invocation – Pastor Jeffrey Phail (Police and Fire Chaplain)
— Riderless Horse – Cleveland Police Department Mounted Unit
–Rifle Salute – Army National Guard
–Taps – Kerry Barvincak (Avon VFW Ext 7035)
–Amazing Grace – Cleveland Police Department members Keith Haag and Pat Sullivan
For more information, go to patrioticproductions.org/rememberingourfallen. If you have any questions regarding the event, contact Seroka at 440-420-2041 or email [email protected]
Resurfacing Project: Roadwork begins this week on State Route 83 from Detroit Road to the Mills Road roundabout. The project should last approximately six weeks (time permitting). Work will begin during the day on the ramps of the sidewalks/crosswalks and traffic will be maintained during this period. Milling and paving are scheduled to begin on September 6 and this work will be carried out at night. Although traffic will be maintained during milling/paving, drivers should expect delays while moving. Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes now. School starts on Thursday so traffic will be heavy throughout the city. Plan accordingly now.
New Fire Stations Fact Sheet: Be an informed resident. In November, voters will decide on an income tax hike to support Avon Lake security forces. A fact sheet with all the details is available on the city’s website, go to avonlake.org.
Fishing tournament: The Fishing Derby is back. The event, for children 15 and under, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 10 at Walker Road Park, 31621 Walker Road. Pre-registration is required for the free event. The deadline is noon on September 9. 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 food pantry. Monetary donations are also accepted. Every dollar donated will be counted as five pounds of food.
The winner of the food drive contest will be announced at halftime of the Avon vs. Avon Lake college football game on Sept. 9 and will receive the SOUPer Bowl trophy. Since its inception in 2010, the SOUPer Bowl has raised 69,509 pounds of food and $134,021 in monetary donations.
Food donations can be dropped off at any school in Avon and Avon Lake or you can bring your donations to the game on September 9th. For more information, visit aalcrs.org.
Dog Splatter: The 2022 Bare Bones Big Splash will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 10 at the Lake Avon Municipal Pool – Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center, 32850 Electric Blvd. Dog and human snacks will be available for purchase. Online registration closes at 5 p.m. on September 9. The first 300 online registrations will receive a special gift. Registration fees are: handler, $15; maximum of three additional guests per registration, $5 each; and the maximum of one additional dog per entry is $5. To register, go to loveastraydog.com.
Dean’s List: Pat Adams was named to the Dean’s List at Emerson College (Boston).
Preparation for the start of the school year: Lake Ridge Academy recently hosted the “Be the Change Summer Institute” for 22 volunteer teachers and staff from the school. According to school officials, participants spent days prototyping classroom ideas that aligned with “Lake Ridge’s renewed emphasis on leadership with relationships, delivering exceptional educational outcomes, and prioritizing the well-being and belonging”. The workshop was facilitated by academic advisor and author, Grant Lichtman.
Deer hunting: Time to save land for longbow/crossbow deer hunting. The season runs from Set. From February 24 to 5. Stop in the lobby of the police station, 7307 Avon Belden Road, or download forms from the police department’s website, nridgeville.org/DeerHunting.aspx. Drop off the forms at the police station or email [email protected]
Fall Festival: Lake Ridge Academy is hosting a Children’s Fall Festival for children 12 and under in the community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 1 at the school, 37501 Center Ridge Road.
Activities include henna artist, airbrush tattoo artist, balloon flyers, cake walk, characters, makeup artists, jugglers, hula hoops, giant bubble station, scarecrow stilt walker , magicians; games and prizes. Kids can go Trick or Treat on a safe trail that winds through the “not-so-scary” limestone path woods on campus. Each child will receive a purse with prizes and costumes are welcome. There will be food vendors on site. The event will be limited to approximately 250 children. Cost is $16 for children 2-12 years old. Registration is mandatory. Registration will open soon, but you can pre-register for tickets by emailing [email protected]
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