Military veterans memorial making progress in Omro

OMRO – A memorial to area military veterans is taking shape in Omro.

Granite and concrete panels honoring servicemen and women from five branches of the military – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard – are expected to be erected in mid-October at the memorial in west Scott Park in downtown Omro, said John Hoeft, commander of the Daugherty-Hamilton American Legion Post 234 in Omro.

Hoeft said the names of 13 Omro area military veterans who were killed or missing in action while serving from World War II to the present will be etched on one panel. The panels are 5 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Footings for the memorial have already been poured.

The memorial will include the name of Brent Vroman, a 2001 Omro High School graduate, a U.S. Marine who was killed in combat in Iraq in December 2004.

“It’s a memorial tribute long overdue for those who served their country and gave the ultimate sacrifice,” Hoeft said. “It’s also an everlasting memorial for future generations to realize what men and women from the Omro area did for their country.”

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