Austintown alumni, vets to be remembered with memorial
By kalea hall
Jack Kidd and Larry Cadman hope to extend the memory of their fallen friends through more than a memorial.
With help from U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-13th, the 1962 Austintown Fitch High School graduates hope to have a Medal of Honor awarded for each of their friends who died in the Vietnam War.
The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
Kidd and Cadman announced their hopes in honoring Marine Sgt. James Prommersberger and Army 2nd Lt. Charles Brown Jr., along with updates on the memorials being built to honor veterans, at Tuesday’s
board of education meeting.
“The board just jumped on this with us,” Kidd said. “We have two guys who need to be honored. It has taken us 40 years to do this, but it is never too late.”
The board thanked the two for their project in honoring both men, both Austintown Fitch graduates, who died heroically in action.
The two memorials Kidd and Cadman are having put together to honor their friends and all veterans should be complete sometime in July or August.
One of the memorials will be on display at the high school with a picture of both men in uniform next to a picture of them as high-school seniors. On Veterans Day, the school will have a dedication ceremony before the students.
“We wanted to raise awareness in the school population,” Cadman said.
The second memorial, honoring all veterans, will be a brick wall that will have names of veterans and their service years carved in the bricks.
Recently, the board
donated a portion of the stone wall from the former high school that is engraved with the word “Fitch” to the memorial. The memorial will be located at the high school’s Falcon Stadium.
A memorial dedication will take place Oct. 6 in
conjunction with a
ceremony for the school district’s new kindergarten- through-second grade and third- through fifth-grade buildings that are set to
open Sept. 4.