In April 1980, Amvets Post #58 established a small memorial at the northeast corner of Oakwood Park. It was established to honor all Hispanic veterans who had served our country in the military and to also honor those fallen while defending it.
Oakwood Park is in the heart of the Hispanic community.
There are several veteran memorials in Ohio and in the Midwest, but none dedicated to Hispanic veterans.
The closest Hispanic veterans memorial is the Western New York Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial (WNY HAVM) in Buffalo, New York… a 3 ½ hour drive from Lorain, Ohio.
This project, along with other initiatives and projects throughout the city, and in particular South Lorain, will beautify Oakwood Park and the surrounding community. It will serve as a blueprint for other groups to follow our example of one who cares about and honors veterans, and in turn spotlight our city.
We are committed to raising funds and allocating them back into the community, whenever possible. This would be accomplished by hiring local contractors. Local minority contractors stand to benefit from this project as we are committed to giving them a fair opportunity during the bid process.
The concept of this project has been well received by community members because of Celestino Rivera’s leadership during its inception. Mr. Rivera’s recent passing has reinvigorated the committee members to push forward and see that his vision be fulfilled.