Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rededication of Mohawk Honor Roll

On Veterans Day, 11/11/11 @ 2:00 PM (why not 11?) at the intersection of Ravine & McMicken. Bishop Binzer from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Bagpipes from the Hamilton County Sheriffs office, Chambers Hauptmann Budde Post Honor Guard, Military and political dignitaries in addition to surviving Mohawk Veterans with their families will be in attendance.
The memorial was originally dedicated in 1945 to honor World War II vets from the once bustling community. Over the years it fell into disrepair, the lot was not maintained and vandals stole the metal plaques bearing the names of the soldiers to sell for scrap metal. Charles Barnett bought the lot in the late 80s and maintained the grounds.
A group led by Mike Kirchgessner got labor & materials donated from Bricklayers Local 18, Schott Monument, American Facade Restoration and others to do a complete rebuild. The names are engraved in granite now to dissuade parentless metal thieves.
I moved to & started working in the area of this monument around 1982 & I remember stopping to see what the hell it was. I had to trudge through debris infested weeds to get near it and a number of the metal plaques had been ripped off. It was really sad to see the condition & to recognize that the area used to be so much more vibrant. My hat's off to the guys that rebuilt this monument (although I kinda preferred the funky old type & color scheme at the top on the original).
Mohawk Memorial Fund


(images snagged off UrbanOhio)

Later, with doors opening at 4PM, there will be a fundraiser to renovate The Emery Theater - Details

1 comment:

VisuaLingual said...

I can't believe I've never noticed this memorial. It's great that it's been restored.