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.
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