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!
US Army 1955-1957
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.
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. The brick will be placed at the Memorial and you will be notified when it is installed. The copy of the brick, if ordered, can be picked up at PARTA’s Administrative Office at 2000 Summit Rd in Kent, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday.
ORDER A BRICK ONLINE
A brick may be purchased online by filling out the form below and submitting a secure online payment.
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.