close to home but far away
Following the 1983 demolition of Victory Park School, the South Euclid War Memorial was rededicated at the intersection of Anderson and South Green Roads. The landmark, completed by master sculptor Giancarlo Calicchia, lists the names of city residents who died serving in wartime.
Each year a Memorial Day parade travels north along South Green Road, culminating in a ceremony at the memorial to honor all veterans. Also, a number of trees have been planted at the site during annual Arbor Day celebrations, such as the Gettysburg American Sycamore, propagated from sycamore trees found in Gettysburg and dedicated in memory of South Euclid resident and Civil War vet, Frank Prasse; American Liberty Elm, in remembrance of the U.S.’s first symbol of freedom; and Harry S. Truman “Walking Ginkgo” in honor of the city’s Korean War veterans.
Names in stone. A simple, powerful, permanent reminder of a loss, a sacrifice, a war. Do you make note of monuments like this one while driving around town?