Meeting Date 05-13-2024

Monuments Planned to Salute Our Heroes

Dayton is fortunate to have so many heroes who proudly put their lives at risk to protect our community and the nation. In honor of them, two memorials are being built as everlasting tributes to them. The Montgomery County Law Enforcement Memorial Association that holds annual memorial services for law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty, now is raising funds to build a permanent memorial. Land donated by the Dayton Masonic Foundation near the Dayton Masonic Center along Riverview Avenue is expected to be the site of the memorial that will overlook the Great Miami River. A short distance away along the riverbank, a memorial will recognize 40 area recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. award for valor in military service. It will pay tribute to more than 100,000 veterans who live in our community as well. The $1.5 million project is nearing its fundraising goal and a groundbreaking is expected to occur this summer. The volunteer project initiated by Wright Dunbar, Inc. and located at the foot of the W. Third Street Bridge, the Gateway to the historic Wright Dunbar District, is projected to be completed next spring. Learn more about these monuments at the Dayton Rotary Club’s May 13th meeting. Chief John Porter of the Butler Twp. Police Department will share additional information about the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Memorial.  Rotarian Karla Garrett Harshaw, a longtime Wright Dunbar, Inc. Board member, will share details about the Medal of Honor Memorial and Honor Park Project. Karla is executive director of the Iddings Foundation and remains active in community civic engagements.

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