Veterans build pavilion to honor fallen comrades


By Laurie Hamame



Joe Horvath and Bill Jacobs measure and cut wood. Horvath is the Lorain County Veteran of the Year.


Mike Schrull drills a piece of reinforcement wood into the side of the pavilion.


John Poweska hammers in a piece of wood as Mike Hohla helps with the alignment.


The pavilion sits next to the Veteran’s Memorial in Amherst.


Veterans have built a pavilion by hand at the Lorain County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, honoring the lives of those lost in the war.

“I think the memorial is important to all of us here,” said Mike Schrull, looking at the veterans working around him. “We’re all touched by somebody’s name on that wall.”

Ten veterans of the wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan pitched in, almost all in their 60s.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the memorial, which bears the engraved names of 98 men from the county who died answering the call of duty.

John Poweska said building something so close and connected to the memorial fills him with pride.

The simple layout was designed by Mike Hohla and construction began July 24.

Funds were raised by the American Slovak Club. Other ideas were considered but the group decided on a picnic area so visitors can sit and enjoy the day, said Schrull.

“It’s an honor for us to be able to construct something and be able help the families who come here to reflect,” he said.

Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1511 or @HamameNews on Twitter.

Joe Horvath and Bill Jacobs measure and cut wood. Horvath is the Lorain County Veteran of the Year.
http://theamherstnewstimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/07/web1_Pavilion_1-1.jpgJoe Horvath and Bill Jacobs measure and cut wood. Horvath is the Lorain County Veteran of the Year.

Mike Schrull drills a piece of reinforcement wood into the side of the pavilion.
http://theamherstnewstimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/07/web1_Pavilion_5-2-1-1.jpgMike Schrull drills a piece of reinforcement wood into the side of the pavilion.

John Poweska hammers in a piece of wood as Mike Hohla helps with the alignment.
http://theamherstnewstimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/07/web1_Pavilion_4-1.jpgJohn Poweska hammers in a piece of wood as Mike Hohla helps with the alignment.

The pavilion sits next to the Veteran’s Memorial in Amherst.
http://theamherstnewstimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/07/web1_Pavilion_6-1.jpgThe pavilion sits next to the Veteran’s Memorial in Amherst.

By Laurie Hamame