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Wall of Honor Rededicated

By Staff | Sep 16, 2015

Photo by Kayla Van Dyne Sons of the American Legion Commander Matt Bland reads the prayer doing the Wall of Honor Re-dedication.

Despite the cold, many still turned out for the re-dedication of the Wetzel County Wall of Honor on Saturday, Sept. 12, held by the American Legion Marne Post #28.

Those in attendance eagerly searched the Wall of Honor for fathers, sons and relatives. According to Sons of the American Legion Commander Matt Bland, this is the first time that the wall has been rededicated. Bland lead the ceremony and legion member Norman Riggs read the prayer. The flag was raised in honor of the wall and those who served, as well as a 21 gun salute.

“This is a great honor,” Bland said. “I didn’t do this for my name, I did this for every man and woman in Wetzel County that served.”

The Wall of Honor, which has been standing for nearly two years, was an idea of Bland’s as a way to honor those in Wetzel County that has severed. Due to several issues, the wall was refurbished. The rededication was a way to unveil this new look.

“The first graphics that was done (on the wall) were incomplete. The people of the community, the donators, were all very unhappy with the way it turned out and we were too,” said Bland. “The graphics were falling off and some names were missing.”

Below, Bland and Norman Riggs raise the American flag during the ceremony.

The Stick Company out of Morgantown was contacted to revamp the wall. Bland stated that they worked really well with the legion to make the wall something that they can be proud of.

The wall came about when Bland stated that there was no recognition of the Vietnam veterans and the Koreans veterans. Upset by several things during a visit to the War Memorial Building, Bland starting to think of a way to honor local vets. Knowing that the post owned the ground, after asking for money and receiving donations, the wall came to life.

Currently more than 4,000 names line the walls and more will be added as time goes on. In order to be placed on the wall, the legion would need a copy of the discharge papers, DD2-14, and proof of being a Wetzel County veteran to be on the wall.

There is always a need for a donation for the upkeep of the Wall of Honor. If anyone would like to make a donation, contact the American Legion Marne Post # 28.