Library’s vets memorial to be donated

TROY — The new Veterans Memorial at Troy-Miami County Public Library will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

The memorial is made possible by the contributions of many generous organizations and individuals in the community.

The memorial will highlight all branches of the armed services with a distinct image set into concrete around a flag pole. There will also be a granite bench for those wishing to sit quietly by the memorial. The area also will be landscaped.

“Troy already has a fantastic veteran’s memorial at Riverside Cemetery,” said Rachelle Miller, library director. “After moving our flag pole, we realized we had the space to do this and thought it would be nice to have an area close to downtown. It really is an honor to be able to do this for the men and women who are serving and who have served our country.”

All are invited to the dedication. Rachael Boezi, a Troy resident and library board member, will sing the National Anthem. Boezi is a mezzo soprano and has sung professionally with the Dayton Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and several others. Abby Smith will play Taps. Smith is a senior at Troy High School and involved in the band where she has been a drum major for the marching band for the past two years. Troy Mayor Mike Beamish will also make some remarks.

The memorial was made possible by The Troy Foundation, Miami Valley Veterans Museum, Howard Cheney, Mitchell Fogle, Lora Larck, Rick Egbert, Greentech Lawn & Irrigation, Jeff Schlarman, Ernst Concrete, and the library. Flags are donated in memory of Bobby Houser.

“It was truly a grassroots, community effort,” Miller said. “Not only are we honoring those who have served but we want those who are currently serving — and those who will protect our freedoms in the future—to receive the recognition they deserve.”

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