Paving the way for a local Vietnam memorial

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Carl A. Ballinger, Johnnie D. Knight, Robert A. Osborne. Edgar L. Tomlinson and Ernest H. Wilson.
Storme Vanover never met any of the five men from Grant County who lost their lives in Vietnam, but she wants to make sure that those fallen heroes have a place in the community’s history.
Vanover is a veteran. She has a passion for veterans and has been heavily involved the last few years in making sure local veterans are recognized and remembered for their service.
Last summer, she was a principal player in bringing the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall to Williamstown. She is working to bring the exhibit back within the next few years.
Her latest project is more permanent and close to home.
Vanover and other veterans in the community want to build a monument in honor of the five local men who died in Vietnam.
Their goal is to raise money for a memorial to be built at the American Legion Post 137 on U.S. 25 in Williamstown. Members of the post will be selling memorial pavers for $50 during the month of June.
The pavers can be in honor or in memory of a veteran from any year and branch of service. Three lines of type can fit on the brick. A military insignia can be purchased for an additional $6.
“Hopefully we can raise enough money to have the memorial in place by August,” Vanover said.
Vanover said post members have been working to spruce up the building and plan to have monthly events, the first being a fish fry from 3 to 6 p.m. on July 4 at the Legion Hall. A poker run is planned for the fall to make additional improvements.
She is also in hopes that she can recruit some women to start up a Women’s Auxiliary group for the Post. Applications are currently being accepted.
For more information about purchasing a paver or joining the auxiliary, call Vanover at 859-823-0129.