Kirtland Area Veterans Memorial
Located adjacent to Kirtland City Hall
9301 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland
For additional information, please contact Jim Naughton at 440-391-8191.
This memorial stands in honor of veterans from Kirtland, Kirtland Hills and Waite Hill.
May we never fail to tell our children of their sacrifice for our freedom. Though 18 young men lost their lives, their valiant spirit lives on like an eagle and inspires us to love and uphold our country. (The wording above appears as an inscription at the Kirtland Veterans Memorial.)
MEMORIAL BRICKS, PLAQUES, BENCHES & FLAG POLES
The Kirtland Area Veterans Memorial offers inscribed bricks, plaques, benches and flag poles for purchase. These items are available for remembering those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. For more information on ordering these items, please see the order form. For additional information, please contact Jim Naughton at 440-391-8191.
A DREAM BECOMES REALITY
The History of the Kirtland Veterans Memorial
Planning for a memorial commemorating Kirtland area veterans began in October 1997. The official ground breaking ceremony took place on May 31, 1999. Several members of the community, including James Naughton (a Kirtland veteran) and Dr. Stephen Young (Superintendent of the Kirtland Local School District), were instrumental in the project.
Kirtland sculptor, Dr. Michael Tradowsky, designed and cast the life size bronze eagle perched at the top of the arch, as if ready to take off in flight. The eagle symbolizes the courage and spirit of the veterans; something that is consistent regardless of the uniform worn in battle. Architect Robert Fiala, of ThenDesign in Willoughby, provided assistance in designing the site.
A vacant plot of land between the Kirtland Library and City Hall was chosen as the location for the memorial.
The Kirtland Area Veterans Memorial was dedicated on July 4, 2001.