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The time was served, now it’s time to honor

In Veteran’s Park in Port Clinton 12,500 bricks make up the Veteran’s Memorial Parkway; nearly 1300 of those bricks are engraved to honor and/or remember those who have served our country. The brick walkway was dedicated on November 11, 2001 in Veteran’s Park, a park that was first built in the 1930s to honor those fighting and who have fought for the freedom of our country.

Walking under the beautifully crafted Veteran’s Park arch facing north towards the lake, the brick walkway lays before you. The bricks in the front of the walkway honor those who were part of the Bataan Death March. The last survivor, Joseph Hrupcho, is honored in the center. Still facing north, to the left of the howitzer are past commanders of The American Legion, to the right are past commanders of the VFW.

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Walleyes for Wounded Heroes

For the third year, and still growing, the Walleyes for Wounded Heroes came to fish in our Great Lake, Lake Erie. The Walleyes for Wounded Heroes is an extension of the Kentucky Wounded Heroes organization. The program offers Kentucky’s uniform members of the United States Armed Forces, law enforcement officers, fire fighters and emergency medical responders who have been injured in the line of duty, the opportunity to fish, relax and enjoy the natural healing resources that Lake Erie has to offer.

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County Veteran Receives Recognition

From left to right: Roger Akins, Ottawa County Commissioner Jo Ellen Regal, Ottawa County Commissioner Steven Arndt, and Ottawa County Commissioner James Sass

On May 27, the Ottawa County Commissioners recognized Ottawa County veteran Roger Akins, American Legion Post 113, Port Clinton.  

Roger Akins served with the Ohio National Guard from February 1970-May 1974 and the United States Army Reserve from May 1974-February 1976.  He completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  Once he finished basic training, Roger went onto AIT and trained as a Combat Engineer.  

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