A new memorial is now completed to honor Summit County residents who died in World War II.
The memorial features plaques containing the names of the local veterans who perished in the war. It was recently installed on the High Street side of the Summit County Courthouse, 209 S. High St., near a World War I Doughboy statue by the building's entrance.
The plaques were originally displayed in the University of Akron’s Memorial Hall, but were taken down and stored when that building was torn down in 2010.
A ceremony to dedicate the new memorial was held Friday. Organizers planned to have the memorial completed in time for Veterans Day, which was Monday.
Bruce Kilian, a Vietnam veteran and commander of the Fairlawn VFW post, suggested to Summit County and university officials that the plaques be brought out of storage and displayed again.
“The men who gave their lives in all of our wars need to be recognized and honored,” Kilian said in a press release.
Kilian thanked local officials for making the memorial a reality.