Leaving a lasting legacy at Cedar Lakes

Barbara Layton
Cedar Lakes has marked off a special place for veterans where Lasting Legacy Bricks may be purchased and placed for service members who have fought in the wars.

The Lasting Legacy Brick Dedication ceremony was held at Cedar Lakes on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The Cedar Lakes Foundation’s Brick Campaign was organized as a way to honor a veteran by purchasing a brick to become a part of a permanent Veterans Plaza walkway on the Campus of Cedar Lakes.

Saturday’s ceremony was the unveiling of the Veterans Plaza walkway and memorial bench.

Cedar Lakes Foundation President Clara Mullins opened the ceremony with a welcome followed by the opening prayer given by Ripley City Councilwoman Carolyn Waybright, and the Pledge of Allegiance said by all who attended.

The Ripley Christian Academy Touring Choir performed several songs throughout the ceremony including the National Anthem, Battle Hymn of the Republic, and God Bless America/America the Beautiful.

Guest speakers included Ripley Mayor Carolyn Rader and a statement from Ravenswood’s Mayor Josh Miller, who was unable to attend due to a death in the family.

Mullins also read a letter from Major General James A. Hoyer with the West Virginia National Guard.

Corporal Adam Greathouse, Disabled Veteran of the Year, from Kenna, was the keynote speaker for the event. He shared his story of the military including his traumatic injury and inspirational recovery.

Following the closing remarks by Mullins, guests were invited to the site of the Veterans Plaza walkway for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling of the Memorial Bench. Greathouse held the honor of cutting the ribbons.

Veterans Bricks are still available for purchase. Bricks may also be purchased for loved ones or for supporters of Cedar Lakes, these bricks are placed in a different location from the veterans' bricks.

For more information, or to purchase a brick, call 304-372-5017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, or visit bricksrus.com/donorsite/cedarlakes.

Corporal Adam Greathouse cuts the ribbon to the Lasting Legacy Brick area at Cedar Lakes in honor and memory of military veterans.