Post 118 veterans dedicate Rittman memorial stone

Courtesy photos Commander Tom Hauck salutes as an honor guard pays respects at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

Tom Hauck, Janet Bogardy (memorial committee chairperson), and Bill Hoff pose at the memorial dedication.

Tom Hauck, Harold Raesler, (Legion member, Korean War veteran), and Janet Bogardy.

“All gave some, some gave all,” reads a memorial stone placed in June at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

An honor guard from American Legion Post 118 in Amherst dedicated the monument to the nation’s fighting men and women.

Commander Tom Hauck offered these comments, invoking the sentiments of President John F. Kennedy:

“We are here to dedicate this memorial stone to honor all who have served and are now resting in peace.

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men and women it produces, but also by the men and women it honors, the men and women it remembers. There is no better place to do that than here, right now.

“There is a closeness we can all feel at this sacred place. We are surrounded by the spirits of those who have served our country. Those who have sacrificed so much for the freedom we enjoy.

“We shall not forget them. They gave up their tomorrows so we could have our todays.”

Located in Medina County, the enormous Western Reserve National Cemetery was opened in 2000 and is the final resting place of more than 10,000 veterans, spouses, and children.

The Post 118 stone is the latest to join more than 120 lining a memorial path winding through the 273-acre cemetery.