A memorial paying tribute to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces will be in place by Veterans Day in front of American Legion Post 7, in Huntington.
American Legion Riders Chapter 7 is offering the community a chance to become a part of the project by purchasing a personalized brick that will be incorporated into a walkway leading to the memorial.
The black granite memorial, about two feet wide and three feet tall, will be placed in front of the flagpole outside Post 7, located at 1330 Etna Ave. It will bear the emblems of the Army, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Navy and Merchant Marines, says Joie Jodrie, secretary of American Legion Riders Chapter 7.
The monument will bear the words "All gave some, some gave all" and "When a hero goes down, our kickstands go up. We protect those that protect us," the motto of the American Legion Riders.
"It's just a place where families can come and reflect on family members they have lost," Jodrie says. "When it's done, there will be a sidewalk leading up and a bench to sit and reflect."
The monument should be here in time for a Veterans Day dedication ceremony, she adds.
Organizers are currently taking orders for personalized bricks that will be incorporated into the walkway. The bricks can be engraved with the name of a veteran or current service member or the name of a deceased veteran.
Information on purchasing a brick is available at American Legion Post 7 or by contacting Jodrie at jn jquartermoon@yahoo . com.
Those purchasing a brick will receive a certificate of appreciation and will be given the opportunity to place their own brick in the walkway, Jodrie says.
Dan Beemer Construction has offered to donate the concrete work for the monument.
Complete caption: Members of American Legion Riders Chapter 7 and American Legion Post 7 stand at the flagpole where they plan to unveil a military memorial on Veterans Day this fall. They are (from left) Jan Bartrom, American Legion Riders; Sally Gamble, Post 7 Auxiliary president; Penny Garretson, and Joie Jodrie, American Legion Riders; and Olin Roberts, Post 7 commander.