A Walk of Heroes- Settlers’ Watch- Admiral King Tribute Site

March 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm 8 comments

Last week I was invited by WEOL radio to give an update on Charleston Village and what the organization had been doing of late.

I updated on the Charleston Pioneer Cemetery , Settlers’ Watch and the latest project the Admiral King Tribute site ( we still are looking for a name for the site). I also mentioned our latest project starting NOW.

Graphics by Christopher Ritchey

Charleston Village Society (CVSI), along with our partners the City of Lorain, will link Settlers’ Watch and the Admiral King Tribute site with a natural pathway ( although adhering to American with Disabilities Act requirements).

The “pathway” ( in the planning stages at the moment ) will meander through the trees and join Settlers’ Watch and the Admiral King Tribute site . Along the way we are hoping for berms , mounds, natural plantings and wild flowers etc. edging the pathway to make the walk interesting visually.

The pathway linking Century Link’s tribute for Eric Barnes – a fallen hero of the War in Iraq -2007

to Lorain’s WW11 hero Fleet Admiral Ernest King’s tribute space,
will be named ERIC BARNES’ – HEROES WALK.

Along the path will be another tribute ( still in the planning stages) to another of Lorain’s fallen heroes David Hall 2009 -31-year-old U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. David R. Hall, was killed while serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

The Eric Barnes’- Walk of Heroes is literally under construction. Charleston Village is a 501C3 and once again we will be needing donations both in-kind ( such as plants, labor, materials ( to be decided) and of course money is always nice- As readers know every cent 100% of every donation goes toward the project for which the donor designates.

I hope you can see your way to helping us to make this tribute pathway as special as these men of Lorain were and still are in the hearts of those that loved them.

We will also be needing help on Pride Day May 19th to get Settlers” Watch “de- winterized, weeded” and the carvings resealed etc.

CVSI - Street Sign Design - Christopher Ritchey

Information on how to donate.

Please send checks ( CVSI is a 501C3 so your donation is tax-deductible)to

Charleston Village Society Inc.
C/o 1127 West 4th Street,
Lorain Ohio 44052

Mark on the memo portion where you would like your donation to go:

Eric Barnes’ – Heroes Walk
David Hall – Tribute site
Charleston Pioneer Cemetery
Settlers’ Watch
Admiral King Tribute Site

For volunteering or more information please call 440-246-6046

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Renee Dore  |  March 31, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Thank you for posting this. Renee

  • 2. Cheri Campbell  |  March 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Lorraine – has anyone proposed including Bruce Horner in these local tributes? He wasn’t born here, but his family moved to Lorain when he was young. He graduated from AKHS in the early ’80s. He was near-career Army when he died in Iraq at about the same time as Eric Barnes. I fear he has been overlooked because his parents (Ed & Betty) had moved to Cleveland the previous year to be closer to their other son. Ed is a former Lorain YMCA director & insurance agent, and both Horners were very active in the community & at their church (First Congregational in Lorain.) Ed may still be a member of Lorain Kiwanis. (Chronicle-Telegram http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2007/06/05/lorain-native-killed-in-iraq/ ) If the family has been approached & declined, then that’s fine. I just don’t want us to lose track of Bruce’s (or his family’s) sacrifice.

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 31, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I had thought of Bruce as I knew Ed and Betty back in the day. There is also another young man Ryan Giese the son of a retired Lorain police officer.

    What I need is contact information to see if the families would like their sons, brothers etc. remembered along this pathway .

    Actually when David Hall was killed my son was dying and I was in Texas fighting for his life and so I had no idea about David Hall until Anne Molnar mentioned his sacrifice to me last week. I felt terrible … I am hoping to be in touch with the Halls this week .

    so if anyone has contact information please contact me thought the Charleston Village information in the above post. or directly through this blog Lorritch7@gmail.com.

    So please anyone having any information as to contacts or other young men I would appreciate hearing from you . We are planning “tribute stations” along the pathway but I definitely want the families input as to anything special……… thanks Loraine

  • 4. aka mozart  |  March 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Loraine, Larry is on face book…you could send him a message with your contact info…that is about all i can say…i am on his page.,.if you cant get thru…i’ll facebook him for you.

  • 5. Loraine Ritchey  |  April 1, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Why don’t you send him this link see if he is interested for me – I have disabled my facebook page because I was “compromised” and have him contact me please if he would be interested thanks Loraine

  • 6. Anthony Gallo  |  April 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Laraine: Tony Gallo here from the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce. We were both on the Lorain Growth board several years ago. I graduated with Bruce Horner. We have our 30th reunion coming up and I have reached out to my fellow classmates to see if we can rally together to raise some funds to help honor Bruce and make sure the walkway is a success. I have place information on our Facebook site for the reunion and hope to organize something soon. Will keep you in the loop.

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  April 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks Tony – I remember you well- Thanks and as soon as we have confirmation of a couple of ideas that I hope will be materializing for the tribute spaces I will let you know Cheers Loraine

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