OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – A new monument honoring service men and women is being unveiled this weekend after a local Girl Scout Troop raised funds and spearheaded the project over for over two years.
The group of five young ladies will showcase the new memorial at Orchardly Park on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11:11 a.m.
“Most of us have friends or know people who were in the military, so we really wanted to include our community, so on the plaque, everybody is from the community,” said Lizzi Clock, a member of Girl Scout Troop 30149.
The group decided on the memorial two years ago as part of their Silver Award project.
They immediately began multiple fundraising activities like quilting blankets for people to purchase, then donate in their name to the local V.A. hospital.
When they raised enough money, they decided to call on some expert help to bring their vision to life.
Dayton-area artist Virginia Krause Hess advised the girls and helped create the sculptures.
“She created the plaque for us and sketched out all of the faces,” said Clock. “She’s in her 90s, so it’s really cool.”
When the monument is unveiled, passersby will notice the slanted design, and how low it is to the ground, but the girls say that is the whole point.
“That way children can look at it and point it out to their parents and can explain to them that the plaque on it is veterans and it shows that the veterans do a lot for our country,” said another troop member, Azalea Biteau.
They said they hope that when a veteran takes a stroll along the park and sees the tribute, they know the appreciation from Girl Scout Troop 30149 is as solid and long lasting as the granite on which it was built.