Salute to vets

The dedication of a mobile wall of honor memorializing those from Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties who died in the Korean War will take place 10 a.m. today at Howland Cemetery.

”While we’re voting for an American Idol, we have heroes right here in our area,” Dave Luther said pointing to the wall.

The 137 names listed on the wall each hold stories of their own, Luther said. One in particular will be shared at the dedication – that of Earl E. Williams, who died in the war one month before his 18th birthday. To be so young, Luther said he must have enlisted. Williams’ nephew will be speaking at the event.

The wall is the second in a series. Luther, 58, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Dan Nagy, 69, a Vietnam U.S. Navy veteran, put together the first wall last year. It lists 256 fallen soldiers in the Vietnam War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the tri-county region.

Nagy said he compiled the names from online databases and then sorted through them to determine which soldiers died as prisoners of war in order to list them in a special section on the wall.

The wooden board was prepared by students at Trumbull Career and Technical Center and Nagy completed the plaques at B & P Shirt Co., in Niles. The project was sponsored by the American Legion Post 700 in Warren.

Luther said he hopes the walls will be displayed at civic events and schools as a reminder of those lost.

”I think people need to realize the sacrifice,” he said.

Next, the two men plan to make a wall for the fallen soldiers in World War II, a daunting task involving about 1,600 names.