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Vietnam memorial fund faces shortfall

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    The Vietnam Memorial is located next to the Medina County Veterans Services Office at 210 Northland Drive. The Vietnam Veterans of America hope to secure a grant to help pay for improvements and repairs to the paver bricks surrounding the monument.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE FILE

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MEDINA — Despite receiving a grant and efforts to cut costs, the Vietnam Veterans of America Medina Chapter 385 still is short on funding needed to repair a local memorial.

Rick Penthal, chapter president, told Medina County Commissioners that the organization was still in need of about $16,500 for project. The group wants to update and repair the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Northland Drive in Medina.

“Basically, we applied for $120,000 — we got $60,000,” Penthal said Tuesday.

The funds will go toward helping to repair the area around the memorial, which dates to 1989. The memorial itself will not be touched. Thirty-three Medina County residents were killed in Vietnam. Their names are on the monument, which represents all branches of the U.S. military.

According to Penthal, the projected cost of the project is between $90,000 and $125,000. The Veterans Service Office is working to raise about $30,000 through donations to make the $90,000 mark.

Penthal said they are trying to cut costs by finding ways to buy the materials needed for less money.

“One thing we did cut was our flags and flag poles … I found out we could get them for a lot less,” he said. “That saved us around $7,000 to $8,000.”

Despite not having all of the funds for the project, Vietnam Veterans of America intends to begin making repairs soon.

“We’re still out there trying to get dimensions … we’re going to start at the end of this month,” he said. “We’re going to get as much done as we can in getting it ready for the springtime.”

In other news

Dustin Russell, NorthEast Ohio regional liaison in the office of Gov. John Kasich, spoke on Medina’s bicentennial and presented an award to the commissioners.

“This is the bicentennial for Medina County as well as the city and a township or two,” said Russell. “It’s a noteworthy anniversary, for sure.”

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.


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