Centerville Veterans Memorial will get a new addition

August 31, 2013 by  

Centerville, Ohio, plans to continue honoring its veterans by adding to the Veterans Memorial, located in Stubbs Park. Five new bronze medallions, each depicting scenes of military service during both peace and war, are set to be installed at the site.

The bas-relief medallions are the work of acclaimed sculptor Virginia Krause Hess, a Centerville artist. Her works are exhibited nationwide, and one is in the Smithsonian. Hess donated her talent and time to the project, as well as providing the materials. She also paid to have the pieces bronzed.

The design calls for each medallion to be mounted into a granite marker, and additional funds are sought for this final step in the design. The total cost of the addition is $35,000, with $10,000 each pledged by the city and Washington Township. A fundraising drive for the additional $15,000 is underway now. Additional funds raised above this amount will be used to continue enhancing the memorial.

The medallions will be installed near the reflecting pond, along a brick plaza. Each medallion is a tribute to one of the U.S. services: Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. The memorial, which was first dedicated in 2004, honors those men and women who have been killed in action, as well as veterans and those who are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States.

Centerville officials might consider working with a postcard printing service to create a series of five postcards, suitable for framing, that feature the new medallions. Revenue from their sale could help maintain the memorial.