Streetsboro may add veterans' memorial at Evergreen Cemetery

by Bob Gaetjens | Editor Published:

By Memorial Day, Streetsboro's Evergreen Cemetery will likely have a new veteran's memorial where ceremonies can take place, according to Streetsboro Public Service Director Bill Miller.

"Every cemetery should have a memorial for the vets," he said. "It's been thought of before; it's just now all coming together."

Planning Director John Cieszkowski said the Streetsboro Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a site amendment for the cemetery, adding that the city should consult with leaders of the American Legion Post No. 685 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9716 on the specifics of the design.

A meeting was set to take place the evening of Dec. 16, said Miller.

American Legion Post No. 685 Commander Steve Masowick said Dec. 13 he didn't know much about the memorial yet, but is in favor of the idea.

"What I wanted to do from the start was put a memorial in there years ago," he said.

He said the vets who are entombed at Evergreen Cemetery deserve some form of recognition for their sacrifice.

"There's so many of my friends buried in the cemetery," he said. "It'll be good recognition of them to have a monument there for them."

According to the design submitted to the planning department, the memorial would be located at the first intersection of the roads within the cemetery, so those visiting would see the memorial as they enter the grounds.

The memorial would include a 30-foot long, 8-foot wide stamped concrete walkway leading to a circle 27 feet in diameter with two flag poles and a 6-foot tall marble structure as its centerpiece, according to Cieszkowski.

The structure would include emblems recognizing each of the Armed Services, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, plus the U.S. Merchant Marines, according to plans.

The circular area would be ringed with stone walls and planters, according to the plans.

The two flag poles would fly the American Flag and black POW flag, said Cieszkowski.

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