Dedication ceremony for Memorial Patio on Wabash

Photo by Balinda zimmerman
Memory Patio of Post 286 .

By Balinda Zimmerman
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Earl Gladfelter Post 268 held a dedication ceremony on October 18, 2017 for the new Memorial Patio that now sits on the grounds along Wabash with views looking out across Ford Lake and into downtown Milan.
After the passing of Lee Pickett there had been money donated to the Legion in his memory. His surviving widow, Carol, wanted the monies to go toward something meaningful so she discussed with her sister, Donna and brother-in-law Bob, what to do with the monies. During the discussions, Bob mentioned a park bench and Carol knew right away that a bench was what she would like to have done with the monies. 
Carol had known how much the Legion and SAL (Sons of American Legion) had meant to Lee because he had personally donated much of his time working on the jukebox, making CD’s and even worked on many areas of the building through the years.
After the installation of Lee’s bench, Carol spoke with Terry Hoskins and Jana Federer to see if they would like to dedicate benches in honor of their recently deceased spouses, Milan High School Football Coach, David Hoskins, and Lenny Federer. Both gentlemen had been active in SAL and the families wanted to recognize their dedication and contributions to the organization. A fourth bench was also dedicated to the memory of US Army Soldier, Ross Schmidt to complete the patio setting.
The dedication ceremony recognized the completion of the concrete patio with its four benches installed in the area fronting the Legion building and overlooking the beautiful Ford Lake in downtown Milan. Carol Pickett noted that many thanks go to Bruce Ross who assisted in ordering the park benches and manual labor volunteers Pete Casper, Rick Privit, Jason Heath, and Bob Stevens.
It is the wishes of the Ladies Auxiliary to install a pergola with a plaque stating the build date of the memorial, May 22, 2017. The Ladies Auxiliary is grateful to have seen the beginning of this dream come to life and hope to have the remainder completed in the near future.

Balinda Zimmerman is owner/operator at Milan Memories by Minna, and a freelance writer for the Milan Eagle News. She can be reached atbalindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

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