Above is a vintage postcard of the Memorial Forest Shrine, first dedicated on April 27, 1947. Both the forest and the stone chapel, sponsored by Ohio Federation of Women's Clubs, originally honored the men and women of Ohio who lost their lives during World War II. Later, the scope was expanded to include Ohioans who died in all wars since then, and inside the chapel is a list of all of their names.
Here's my 'now' shot.
It's a different sign, and may be in a slightly different location, but at least you can see how much the forest has changed in the last 64 years.
Incidentally, we went inside, where in addition to the roster of names, there was a display of memorabilia that included a few photos from the chapel's dedication. I was surprised to recognize none other than Admiral Ernest J. King in one of the photos! (I reproduced one of the photos below.)
He attended the the 1947 dedication ceremony along with Ohio Governor Thomas J. Herbert and other dignitaries.
|Admiral Ernest J. King is at far left; Governor Thomas J. Herbert is at the podium