Among the many features at the American Veterans Park in West Point are India black granite benches. Like all the pieces at the park, they tell a story.
There are currently eight benches in the park, with two more to be placed next spring.
At the entrance, the bench to the north side was donated by Harold Schmader in recognition of his family’s service. Harold chose to use photos of his family members who were in the military.
His father, John, served in the Army during WWII. Harold served in the Army during Korea. His brother Dennis was also in Korea, serving in the Navy. Dennis lives in Oregon and will be here for the park’s dedication on Sunday, Nov. 11. He enlisted in the Navy at age 16 and his father, John, had to sign for him. Dennis served four years and traveled a wide range of the world with the Navy.
Harold’s brother Randy also served. He was in the Marines and was stationed in Vietnam. He now lives in Texas.
On the south side of the park entrance is a bench donated by Rick and Jayne Wimer and their family. Their story is Semper Fidelis, which is the Marine motto and means Always Faithful.
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