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Yorkville monument receives needed refurbishing

Updated: Friday, October 18 2013, 04:52 PM EDT

By Jon Rudder

YORKVILLE, Ohio - For nearly half of a century, a monument in Yorkville has paid homage to those who have fought and died for their country.

Ron Emerson has served on city council for over 50 years and was a part of installing the original monument in Yorkville. That monument has endured years of aging and was in need of some care and one city council member was up to the task.

Built to honor the men and women from the area serving in the military, the monument was constructed in the 1970s by the local VFW.

"It was beautiful when it was first put up and then down through the years it became kind of dull and drab," Emerson said. "That's when my wife Sally and I decided to do this project ourselves."

The engravings etched in bright gold were now dull and dim. Years of weather and little upkeep had the light no longer in working order. With a fresh paint job, and a new, electrical light replacing the gas light, the monument looks better than ever.

"I felt we had an obligation since I was on the original committee," Emerson said. " We bought the engravings, we bought the trees for the background and we got the funds from the VFW to put the light up."

But Emerson's connection to the memorial is much stronger than years of involvement. It's etched in blood, and the monument serves as a way to pay tribute to someone close to him.

"I decided that I wanted to do this and also to honor my brother who was killed in World War II," Emerson said. "To honor him in a way that would be outstanding for him."

Yorkville monument receives needed refurbishing


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