Names on the War Monument
by Lynne Belluscio
On Monday, Memorial Day, as we put out the red poppies – each with a white ribbon with a name on it, I explained to the students who were helping me, that these poppies represented the over 250 men and women from LeRoy who served during World War I. On the small stone WW I monument, there are the names of the twelve who died while in service during World War I. On the other side, is the WW II monument with the names of the 31 men from LeRoy who died in World War II. I’m not sure how many men and women from LeRoy served in World War II and I’m not sure how many served in the Korean War, although we know that one name, Milt Thomson is on the Korean War bench. And there are two names on the Vietnam War bench - Gary Scott and Harry VanAlst. As I looked up at the stone monument, there were the names of the 11 men who fought in the Revolution and the 79 men who fought in the War of 1812. And there are 244 names listed in the Civil War. A little research is needed to determine which of the men died in the Civil War. The monument was erected by . . .