Crosses for fallen soldiers

Niki Wolfe/Newcomerstown News

Members of the Roger Dale Lewis Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of Tuscarawas Valley VVA 532 have been busy making 3,150 wooden crosses to represent the Ohio soldiers killed during the Vietnam War -- 37 of those were from Tuscarawas County. The crosses will be displayed at the American Soldiers Homecoming Festival, in conjunction with the Dennison Depot, and the traveling Vietnam Wall in Dennison, Aug. 7-9. The crosses will be displayed 18-inches apart in the former Dennison High School football field. After the ceremony, the crosses will be used to mark graves of veterans all over the county representing all of the fallen Ohioans from Vietnam. Denny Ross said work on the handmade wooden crosses started back in January and they even enlisted help from woodworking students from the Coshocton County Career Center. Ross said he expects the crosses will take at least a day to precisely put in place at the "cemetery" site. The veterans were given permission to use the Classic Woodworks building in Newcomerstown, which is owned by Don Brown and Ed Everhart, to build and paint the crosses. Here, l to r, Denny Belle, Denny Durben and Jim Everhart work on putting a primer coat of paint on the crosses. Others helping with painting last week include Alva Art, Jim Edwards, Tom Apple and Marvin Garretson.