The Ohio Veteran’s Memorial Park (OVMP) is a newly constructed memorial park in honor of all Ohio Veteran’s that fought and died in all wars. It is truly pretty amazing. The memorial park is located in Clinton, OH, and recently this past weekend, the names of the fallen were added from the Beirut Bombing, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
I am thankful for individuals like this, who put together and organized the funds to construct this wall. It’s a great testimant to our brothers killed in 3/25. Steve Cripple invited me to speak at the event as well as some other really great speakers. One of the speakers there, Jason Dominguez was with Lima Co. and Edie Deyarmin was there (Gold Star Mom of Nate Deyarmin). I’m not into speaking that much, but I think someone had to tell it like it was, tell everyone that there are people out there that pretty much take life for granted. That’s fine, but after the close calls myself and other Marines had, every day is a blessing.
I met some other really great people there including C.M. Hayden, a Marine in Vietnam who wrote a book called “A Veteran’s Journey” about his time as a helicopter pilot, but mostly about the time when he came back, having to struggle mentally through the public outcast of Veteran’s after the war. He said he would have to hide his uniforms and grow his hair longer because he was sick of getting spit on and disgraced. I guess I can’t even imagine what that would be like and I’m glad that the public has a great respect for military, especially those who were at the event and those that donated and were involved in the construction of this memorial park.
They called him, Sgt. Mau Mau in Vietnam. An old salty dog from the old Corps. I noticed his moto bumper stickers such as Happiness is a Belt Fed Weapon. He motioned me to come over to his truck and took something out of the front seat. “Check this out” he said. “It’s an M1. Some of the pieces are from when I was in ‘Nam, I brought them back and bought the M1, then took those pieces off and put these ones on.” We shared some stories and he gave me his motivating business card. The card lists a number of things the Marine Corps. have done including; hearts & minds won, wars fought, revolutions started, governments run, assassinations plotted, uprisings quelled – then on the right hand side; bars empired, huts burned, etc.
The Marlboro Volunteers are a volunteer traveling military display. Among the many weapons they have from wars past, they have a full line of old rifles from WWI, WWII, etc. It is amazing, a friend of mine and I would have stayed in there all day talking to the guy if we had a chance.
The wall is near completion but there are a few things they will be adding such as a “Gold Star Father” statue and they will be mounting the helicopter’s near the rear of the memorial. Over half of the proceeds I received from my book signing and display are going to an 8X8 brick near the front of the wall where I plan on listing those of the fallen Marines who I knew from 3/25.
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- Vietnam memorial will be rededicated Saturday (tbo.com)
- Midcoast Area Veterans Memorial erected in Rockland (bangordailynews.com)
- Memorial walls go up at Ravalli County Veterans Monument (missoulian.com)
- Muskegon Township Veterans Memorial targeted for major upgrade — if money can be raised (mlive.com)
- WNY veteran writes vivid war memoir (wivb.com)
- Veterans Wall dedicated on Fourth of July (portorchardindependent.com)