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Events Around Central Ohio Remember Veterans and Their Families

On the square in downtown Newark Monday afternoon, veterans and other volunteers read the names of 880 men who lost their lives in service from the Mexican War to the present.

All of the names being read were listed on three, 4-foot-by-5-foot panels, a wall standing behind the readers. Ken Blaney is president of the Licking County Veterans Memorial and Education Center. He and others are doing the research to make sure the wall lists the name of every Licking County resident who lost their life in battle.

Blaney says the wall of names will one day have a permanent home. For now, it travels as part of an education project.

Licking County Veterans Service Officer Mary Jones says the event at the gazebo on the square in Newark was one of many held today in Licking County and around the U.S. And each is important.

"Just remember today to take a moment to think about the deaths, the loss of life, the families that suffered so greatly and the price that our freedom costs,"says Jones.