PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Saturday, 28 local veterans were honored, as bricks with their names were laid at City Park.
The Veteran’s Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley sells the bricks as a fundraiser to help keep the museum open. It now holds ceremonies for families to lay the bricks where they want. This was the second ceremony the museum had.
Director of the Veteran’s Museum, Rod Joachim, says, “In a way and to a lot of people its closure for a lot. And I might pass on that you don't have to be deceased to be here you just need to be a veteran of the armed forces that was discharged in good standing.”
He adds, “Some of the ladies and the people that come in have a hard time bending over and putting the bricks in the ground, but they'll do it, for closure.”
Even Gilbert Price, a World War II veteran, was in attendance, for the laying of his own brick. He says his family surprised him with it on his birthday. He was a corporal in the US Army from 1943-1946 in the 771st field of the Artillery Battalion.
Price thanked his family as well as the museum for preserving the history of the United States. “And along with that history comes patriotism. And I feel that patriotism is kind of failing here in these last years and we need patriotism, it keeps our country strong.”
Family members had the opportunity to say a few words after laying their bricks and told stories about their loved one's service.
If you are interested in buying a brick, you can do so at the veterans museum on seventh street in Parkersburg.