Ceremonies set for 2 memorials

By Jim Krumel - jkrumel@limanews.com

LIMA — The dates are now set for ceremonies involving two local war memorials, David Paxton of the The Allen County Veterans Memorial Foundation announced Monday.

The foundation and the Memorial Park Cemetery board have planned a signing ceremony for an agreement to build the Allen County War Memorial on two acres of Memorial Park Cemetery property.

The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 19 at the open air chapel near the cemetery’s main entrance. The cemetery is located near the Allen County Fairgrounds.

The foundation’s vision is to build a memorial that would honor county soldiers who died during wartime with a marker that tells their story. It would include a park-type environment with various trails leading to designated areas where people could reflect on the sacrifices of those who died.

At 11 a.m. Aug. 12, at Memorial Park in Harrod, a monument dedication will honor the four Ohioans who were among the 74 U.S. sailors who died when the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans was struck by the HMAS Melbourne, an aircraft carrier in the Royal Australian Navy. The incident occurred in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War in 1969.

Among those who died was Petty Officer 3rd Class Larry Allan Gracely, a 1965 graduate of Shawnee High School and the only child of Virginia and Robert Gracely, of Lima.

By Jim Krumel


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