The Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated November 11, 2014. Jackson native and Jackson High School graduate of 1953, Admiral Stanley R. Arthur, served as the main speaker. In 1992, Arthur assumed duties as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, which made him the second-ranking officer in the entire U.S. Navy.

This park was the brainchild of the non-profit Jackson County Veterans Organization (JCVO), representing all Jackson County veterans' organizations. Located on property owned by the City of Jackson at the corner of East Main and Portsmouth streets in downtown Jackson, the Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park was built to serve as a permanent memorial and tribute to the county's veterans. The focal point of the memorial park is a marker in the center which features the engraved names of 590 Jackson Countians who died in all the nation's wars. The marker is encircled by flagpoles flying the American flag and the banners of each of the five branches of the U.S. military. The walkways in the park are paved with inscribed bricks, which were purchased by businesses, organizations, and individuals to honor or memorialize individual veterans. A remarkable feature of the park is the tribute to Jackson County's four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients: Civil War veterans John Wollam and James M. Compston, World War II veteran Lewis R. Hall, and Vietnam War veteran Donald R. Long.

The financing of the park was entirely privately raised. The inscribed bricks in the walkways are provided for a $100 donation. The 4-inch by 8-inch bricks are engraved with the honored veteran's name, rank, branch of service and war in which he/she served. There is space for approximately 5,000 bricks and there are over 4,000 bricks still available for veterans to be memorialized. Anyone interested in procuring a brick can call Ron Speakman at 740-418-5331 or the Jackson County Veterans Service Office at 740-286-3004.

 

 

According to the JVCO, the following individuals and organizations contributed significantly to the project: John T. Evans, Dr. Todd Rubley, Jennifer Long, Arnold Tripp, Wendell Brunton, Lyn Speakman, the Stockmeister family, Craig Radar, Seth Stockmeister, the craftsmen who did the work, William Martin, Mayor Randy Heath, Service Director Bill Sheward, Jackson City Council, Jackson County Commissioners, Robin Lively, Michael Stroth, Darrah Leach, Marvin Payne, Jackson County Recorder's Office, Rose Brothers Construction, Don Fannin, The Radio, The Telegram, Jackson County Veteran's Service Commission; and specific thanks to Anthony Coyan and Cynthia Walker -- without them doing the research, this project could not have been accomplished.

This memorial was also made possible by the following financial supporters: American Legion Post 371, Amvets Post 84, Jackson Vietnam Veterans, VFW Post 8204, Bellisio Foods, the Haller family, SSG Joseph Gernert, City of Jackson, Cross & Sons, Patricia A. Howell, the Milton Banking Company, the Ochsenbein family, Donald M. Rice, the Stockmeister family, Kenneth Triplett, WesBanco, the Wright family, and construction by Stockmeister Enterprises, Inc.

 

 

HOW TO PURCHASE A BRICK TO MEMORIALIZE YOUR VETERAN

Anyone can buy a brick to honor a veteran. The brick must have the name of a true veteran of the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard. Research on the submitted names will be conducted by the local Veterans' organizations to ensure this requirement is met.

To purchase a brick, one must complete a form that will include the name, rank, dates of service, branch of service, and conflict/war in which the veteran served. That form can be obtained by contacting Ron Speakman via email at 9ronald@Myway.Com or via phone at 740-418-5331; or by contacting Arnold Tripp at 740-286-3004.

For your convenience, a form in .pdf format is accessible by clicking HERE. You can also request a form via U.S. Mail at Ron Speakman, 277 S. Bennett Avenue, Jackson, OH 45640.

 

 

 

photo credits: The Telegram, Jackson Ohio