Dedication service honors CAPS, veterans

On Saturday, July 5, from noon to 2 p.m. there will be a dedication service at the Veterans Walk of Honor at noon and then everyone is invited to a picnic afterwards to celebrate this event and to honor the Citizens Armory Preservation Society (CAPS) for their work toward the preservation and renovation of the Armory. The Washington County Veterans Service Commission donated five granite benches to commemorate the five branches of service which will be dedicated at the Veterans Walk of Honor at noon. The Veteran Service Commission is made up of representatives from the: VFW, Veterans of foreign Wars; AL, American Legion; DAV, Disabled Veterans of America: AMVETS, American Veterans; Military Order of the Purple Heart. The benches being put in place are engraved with the names of the five military services: Army, Navy, Marines Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. Roy Ash and the Commission have been active partners in the renovation of the Armory. Since the beginning of the renovation process they agreed to rent a space as a satellite office. This room is part of Phase 3 – the renovation of the ground floor. According to Ash, in the beginning the office will be open three days a week from 8 or 9 a.m. to noon depending on the interest. If 10 to 2 or 12 to 4 is better that would be considered also. Ash said they would explore various options to see what works out best for local people. At other times the room can be used by veterans for various activities.

After the dedication ceremony there will be a picnic to honor veterans and CAPS the Citizens Armory Preservation Society and the work they have done over the years to “Save the Armory”. Picnic tables are being installed behind the Armory and will remain in this shady glen along the banks of the Muskingum for the general use by the public. The picnic tables were procured for the Armory with a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) along with many other items: 400 chairs, 68 banquet tables, 12 10×20 tents, eight picnic tables, five message boards, and three trailers to transport them. Items from this grant are available for rent for a nominal fee from the city; contents are in one of the trailers and can be dropped off by the city at the event. Andy Coleman of the city’s Community Development Department describes his department as fostering economic development in the city and gives the Armory as an example of a vital tool as catalyst for economic growth in downtown Marietta.

Everyone is invited to the dedication and picnic. Come at noon and stay for the fun and food. Armory Square Inc. and WASCO will provide hot dogs, sides, drinks. Bring a covered dish if you can-salad or dessert. Come celebrate this community event – bring yourself, your family, and friends.

Jane Tumas-Serna, president

Board of Armory Square Inc.