Members of Columbus Grove American Legion Post 516 and Veterans of Foreign Wars 9648 took part in a ceremony last Monday to dedicate the new veterans' memorial at Truro Cemetery. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
COLUMBUS GROVE - A special dedication was held Monday, Veterans Day, at Truro Cemetery located between Columbus Grove and Vaughnsville. Members of the Columbus Grove American Legion Post 516 and VFW Post 9648 joined the Pleasant Township trustees in dedicating a new veterans' memorial and flag pole at the cemetery.The memorial reads "In honor of all who served, Truro Cemetery, Pleasant Township." Beneath the words are the symbols for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The back of the memorial is dedicated to POW/MIAs.
Mike Moening, fiscal officer for Pleasant Township, said he was mowing the cemetery when it came to him that it would be nice to have a veterans' memorial at the cemetery.
"My parents, who were both veterans of the Korean Conflict, are buried here," Moening said.
He said Mike Birkemeier, with Delphos Granite, offered to make the trustees some type of memorial for their cemetery.
"He does a lot of work for us here when we have to fix gravestones," Moening said.
When it was decided to put up a new flag pole at the cemetery, Moening said they decided this would be a good place to also put up a veterans' monument.
"I told Mike to go ahead and draw up something for us to review," Moening said.
"The trustees did the work getting the site ready and pouring concrete for the placement of the memorial," Moening said, "And Mike Birkemeier made and donated the monument."
The trustees purchased the new flag pole from Columbus Grove Schools.
"They had an additional pole they didn't need when they built the new school," explained township trustee Dave Tabler. "So the superintendent called and offered to sell it to us. I think this is a really good home for the pole."
The American Legion Post 516 provided the new flag that is five feet by seven feet.
"The former flag was only three feet by five feet," Moening said.
"This is great. They did a beautiful job," said Dale Stever, Sgt. of Arms for the Legion and VFW.
"We are really grateful to Mike Birkemeier at Delphos Granite for donating the memorial," Moening said.