MAYVILLE – A new memorial honoring veterans was unveiled Tuesday at the Village of Mayville Cemetery.
The edifice which had its groundbreaking back in 2019, was a pleasant surprise to many on the Chautauqua Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial Board. The exhibit currently features a gazebo with 660 memorial bricks, as board treasurer Tom Jordan explains.
“I’m excited, I had no idea we anticipated a few people showing but lots of people showed,” explained Jordan. “Bill Ward surprised us with the song that he wrote, we didn’t know that was coming. We had the bagpipes, the kids from Chautauqua High School. It was just wonderful.”
The bricks main purpose is to honor those who have served, especially military members who were missing or killed in action. The wall honors 72 prisoners of war and 69 Purple Heart recipients; with 119 heroes killed in action.
The hope is to give families something to remember, which Chautauqua County Legion member Steve Cybard says is very important for all veterans.
“I think it’s very symbolic because now it gives them an actual place where people can come up and perhaps say their final goodbyes,” stated Cybart
New bricks are available for all that have served and can be added to the display.
“We have two sizes of bricks, a 4×8 which is 75 dollars and an 8×8 which is 100 dollars,” stated Jordan.
More info on how the bricks can be purchased is posted on the Chautauqua Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial Board Facebook page.