Where in Hudson is this? for Feb. 12

by Liz Murphy | Destination Hudson Published:

The monument in last week's column is located in front of the Boy Scout cabin near the SW corner of 91 and 303. It reads: On this tablet are inscribed the names of those who went from Hudson to serve their country in the World War 1917-1918. All those listed are men, with the exception of one name in the middle of the bottom - Martha Clark, Nurse. Only one of those listed died in combat. Sources tell me there was originally an eagle on top, but it was removed and donated to a scrap metal drive during WWII.

There are a number of other war memorials in Hudson, and I found many of them because people were guessing locations other than the one in the photograph. At Markillie Cemetery, a monument was erected by the David Hudson Chapter of the DAR, dedicated to the Hudson members of the Armed Forces of every war in which our beloved country has been involved. Also at Markillie, a smaller pillar was erected earlier by the DAR for Hudson's bi-centennial, honoring patriots of the last 200 years.

On Western Reserve Academy's grounds there are two. One, installed in 1981 and built into the wall in front of Ellsworth Hall, lists eight alumni who died in service after WWII. The second is on a wall at the NW corner of the original gym at WRA, which now is connected to the Morgan Athletic Center. (I found it on a very snowy day slogging my way south off of Malson Way, just east of the defunct tennis court). The plaque reads: Of the 893 alumni who served in the Armed Forces in WWII these 46 gave their lives. This was a large number for a small school, and in 2000, a book called "Remembering the Boys, a Collection of Letters, a Gathering of Memories" was published, bringing to life the correspondence of WRA alumni serving in WWII. Editor Lynna Piekutowski, hired by the Academy to archive letters and information pertaining to all alumni, realized that the letters that had gone back and forth between the school's headmaster and staff and the men fighting in WWII told a moving and important story. In these eloquent letters, the story of the war is told by the men serving on the front lines as well as by those waiting anxiously at home in Hudson, Ohio. Illustrating these letters is a wealth of photographs, and with clippings from Reserve publications and local newspapers "Remembering the Boys" poignantly captures that extraordinary time and place.

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