Green dedicates World War II monument restored by student

Green High School sophomore Jarod Korn shows of his project.
(Photo by: Lauren Heddleston)

Green High School sophomore Jarod Korn has restored a piece of history into the Green community.

Korn led the efforts to rebuild a World War II honor roll monument, which once stood at the corner of Massillon Road and Greensburg Road in the 1940s. The monument honored those who served in WWII as well as those who contributed to help serve at home in the war efforts from Greensburg Township.

The three section monument came down in the 1970s as it fell into disrepair. Last year, the Green Lions Club donated $10,000 to the Green Historical Society to rebuild the monument. Rebuilding the project became reality when Korn took on the project as an Eagle Scout project.

He said from start to finish it took about six months to complete.

During the Veterans Day Ceremony, the city officially dedicated the monument, which is being added to Veteran’s Park. During the ceremony, Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer said Korn had an important hand in recreating this piece of history.

“It is amazing from seeing it on paper to here,” Korn said. “It is surreal”

Korn said he had some help from his uncle designing the project, which features 324 names on three free-standing pillars.

Veterans Day this year also marked the 100th anniversary of armistice that ended WWI.

Neugebauer said Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have served and continue to serve our country.

The Veterans Day Ceremony also featured Neugebauer honoring veteran Carl Mickelson for his 39 years of service. Mickelson has also been an active Green resident as he was one of the authors of the city’s charter and served as an at-large councilman. Mickelson is married to his wife, Judy, and the couple will celebrate 50 years of marriage next year. The couple have two sons.

Also as a part of the ceremony Green Local Schools sixth- and seventh-grade choirs performed. Neugebauer thanked everyone in the schools who has been involved with the numerous events taking part in the district to honor veterans.

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This story was also published in The Suburbanite. www.thesuburbanite.com