Veterans' memorial eyed for Streetsboro cemetery

By Bob Gaetjens Gateway News Editor Published:

By Memorial Day, Streetsboro's Evergreen Cemetery will likely have a new veterans' memorial where ceremonies can take place.

"Every cemetery should have a memorial for the vets," said Streetsboro Public Service Director Bill Miller. "It's been thought of before. It's just now all coming together."

American Legion Post No. 685 Commander Steve Masowick said 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 veterans who are buried there 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.

It would include a 30-foot long, 8-foot wide stamped concrete walkway leading to a circle 27 feet in diameter with two flagpoles and a 6-foot tall marble structure as its centerpiece, according to Planning Director John 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 Marine, according to plans.

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

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

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