Veterans Memorial

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Veterans Memorial

In November 2013, a Veteran’s Memorial was dedicated at the Kent Central Gateway. Originally designed by artist George Danhires, a former marine, the piece consists of three bronze panels with figures representing members of the military. The memorial also features bricks that are available to be purchased in honor of veterans past or present at the base of the statue.


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If you are interested in purchasing a brick for yourself or for a loved one the cost is $50. A personalized brick to keep for yourself is an additional $12. All proceeds will pay for the ongoing maintenance of the Memorial.

Brick Type Cost
Veterans Memorial Brick $50
Personalized Brick to Keep $12

Download and complete the attached form (BRICK ORDER FORM) and return to PARTA at 2000 Summit Road, Kent, OH 44240 or fax 330-676-6310. Please contact PARTA at 330-678-7745 or email with any questions.

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What’s your story? If you purchased a brick for yourself or a loved one we want to hear about your/their military service. Tell us what serving your country meant to you or the sacrifice your loved one made for this country.

Veteran Story…

Ronald Taylor

I joined the service in 1971 at the age of 19. The Vietnam war was raging and there was much unrest in our country. I wanted to do something, do my share, for this troubled country that I loved. I joined the United States Army and became a soldier. During my 6 years of service, I became part of a brotherhood of men like no other! A bound so strong that it can never be broken and that will last forever! Our motto, “This will defend”! PROUDLY SERVED!

James Myers US Army 1955-1957

Pharmacists proud to serve in medical detachment with the 4th Armored Divison, just after the Korean War.  I was lucky to stay in college and drafted after graduation.

James M. Feezel, Navy Veteran, WW1, 1898-1971

He enlisted in 1918 and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer serving on board the USS Nevada. The USS Nevada was the first battleship in the US Navy to use “all or nothing” armor – a new concept that was then adopted for all subsequent battleships. The tall “birdcage masts” were installed to provide a high position from which to observe the shell splashes from the fall of shot. Mounted on these masts were searchlight platforms, and “range clocks” to help other ships in the battle line with their gunnery. The aft “crows nest” (as these were called) was Jim Feezel’s battle station. I do not recall him talking about the war or any of his exploits and all I have are his honorable discharge papers and a few postcards he sent my Mom (not married then). He survived the war but died unexpectedly at nearly 73.


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