War Memo­rial be­comes more hand­i­cap-ac­ces­si­ble

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COLO­NIAL HEIGHTS — Since 1950 the Colo­nial Heights War Memo­rial has pro­vided the com­mu­nity a place to re­mem­ber and honor those area res­i­dents who gave their lives in ser­vice to their coun­try – 14 from World War II; two from the Korean War; three from the Viet­nam War; and the list for the pe­riod since con­tin­ues. Each year cer­e­monies on Vet­er­ans Day and Me­mo­ri­alDay­have­pro­vided res­i­dentsofColo­nialHeights an op­por­tu­nity to gather to­gether and honor our mil­i­tary. But as the com­mu­nity ages, ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the memo­rial has be­come a chal­lenge to those who re­quire the as­sis­tance of wheel­chairs, scoot­ers, and walk­ers - and thank­fully that chal­lenge was re­cently turned into an op­por­tu­nity by the city.

At the sugges­tion of mem­bers of Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 284, Craig Skalak, di­rec­tor of Re­cre­ation & Parks, ar­ranged for the cre­ation of a con­crete pad to pro­vide in­di­vid­u­als with phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions solid ground and closer ac­cess to the memo­rial dur­ing cer­e­monies. The idea was well re­ceived by the city and with the con­crete do­nated by Tommy El­der of Vir­ginia Con­crete Inc. the ini­tia­tive was ap­proved for im­me­di­ate im­ple­men­ta­tion.

On Vet­eran’s Day, Sun­day, Nov. 11, the con­crete pad will be ini­ti­ated, pro­vid­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity for vet­er­ans like World War II, Korean War, and Viet­nam Vet­eran Lud­wig Hoge. In­spir­ing the need for a con­crete pad at last year’s Memo­rial Day cer­e­mony, Hoge was pleased to learn the City of Colo­nial Heights met the needs of its vet­eran com­mu­nity, and he plans to be on the front row of the new pad.

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