Fallen heroes honored in Huron

A group of Huron High students read a series of names aloud, watching as community members stood in humble silence.
Alissa Widman Neese
Oct 25, 2013


One by one, they placed red poppy flowers along the base of a newly constructed memorial, each flower serving as a reminder of the Huron people who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The school on Thursday dedicated its Huron Fallen Heroes Memorial, a large granite monument inscribed with the names of 61 Huron natives who died while serving in the U.S. military, dating back to the Civil War.
It’s located at Huron Memorial Stadium and is accessible at any time.
Paul Ward, a community member who organized the project, said the goal is twofold: to honor and to educate.
“We spend so much time in school learning about presidents and generals, but every town has its heroes,” Ward said. “I wanted to honor my hometown’s fallen with a memorial, in a place where anyone can gather to see it and learn about them.”
The Huron Fallen Heroes Memorial was about five years in the making, with the Huron Historical Society providing the necessary research to track down many of the memorial’s inscribed names. The school board officially approved the project in September.
Donations covered the $13,000 cost, with $4,000 coming from the football team.
Students led much of the ceremony, including varsity football players, cheerleaders and band members. About 250 people attended.
“This is much larger than just our school, it’s for our whole community,” Huron Schools superintendent Dennis Muratori said. “It’s a way of exposing our young students and all of us to the role Huron has played in the history of our country.”


mimi's word

Nice to hear something positive coming from Huron school district.

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Looking from the inside.

The city of Huron is a great place to live and raise children. The school system provides an excellent education.

Coram Deo

Beautiful tribute to these fallen heroes across the ages.

I long for the day however when "They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore." Isaiah 2:4


Those who will beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who didn't.

Colonel Angus



Thanks to the Sandusky Chapter of the Marine Corps. League for providing the military color guard.
Semper Fi


Thank you Paul Ward. Your dad, Gil, must be very proud of you. For those of you who remember Gil, he was the man who sold raffle tickets for the football at the games. Like father like son and all of Huron is proud of you.