Tuesday, February 24, 2009


The photo above, taken during World War I, shows Ray Morrow one of thousands from the Lakewood area that have served our country in the military. For the fourth year the Lake Odessa Area Historical Society will be honoring all deceased veterans with the selection of one veteran for the Veterans Hall of Fame. The first veteran chosen for the Veterans Hall of Fame was Gerald J. Haskins in 2006. In 2007 Jack Lambert was selected followed by Viverne G. Pierce in 2008. Each year one deceased veteran is chosen to be honored and given tribute for their service to our country. It is the hope of the Society that in this honor we not only pay tribute to one but to all those who have sacrificed for our country. This year the honor will be expanded to include one veteran from each era which covers from the Revolutionary War up to the present crisis in Iraq (this allows for the inclusion of more veterans and better representation). Nominations for this honor for 2009 are being sought and if interested guidelines for this may be obtained by emailing the society at jrwgen@hotmail.com. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2009. All previously submitted nominations are kept and will be included in this year's considerations. In addition to the Veterans Hall of Fame the Lake Odessa Museum Complex will host a Military Tribute and Display throught the Memorial Day Week-end. Any items related to individuals who have served in any branch of the military are being sought for this display. Photographs, uniforms, medals and other related memorabilia help interpret our military history. If you have any items of interest for this display please contact the society.

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