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Berlin Heights Garden Club honors unknown sailor

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Oct 8, 2019 at 11:45 PM

BERLIN HEIGHTS — The Berlin Heights Garden Club held a Gold Star Marker Dedication at the Oakbluff Cemetery Sept. 15 on the shore of Lake Erie.

An unknown sailor is buried there from the war of 1812. He was found by surveyor Almond Ruggles who also is buried there. The Garden Club landscaped the area and made a pollinator garden there inspired by the current Ohio Pollinator Initiative.

Local American Legion Post 659 and local musical group the Moorheads started the ceremony followed by Rev. Kretchmar's invocation. JoC Walker, Garden Club of Ohio's Gold Star chairman, and president Mary Lou Smith spoke along with the local club’s oldest member, Dorothy Daniels, 94. Many thanks to the veterans who spoke including David Costello who gave an especially moving talk. Past president of the Berlin Heights Garden Club and local historian Amy Hunter read a roster of local men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Jeff Finnen, Berlin Township trustee, accepted the marker from club member, Wanita Adelman. Shaun Cotterill, Berlin Heights Baptist Church, read the benediction. Post 659 performed a three-gun salute while four members of Edison High School played rolling taps.

Many businesses and individuals made donations to help make the event a success including Barne's Nursery, Willoway Nursery, Berlin Township, American Legion Women's Auxillery Post 659, Milan's Lion Club, Walt Wlodarsky and the Sandusky Bay Archaeologoy Club. Plant America from National Garden Club provided a $1,000 grant.

Members of the Daughters of 1812 put a wreath on the unknown sailor's headstone.

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