Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lofton Henderson Monument

You may not have noticed it, but there’s a new historical monument in town.

The monument located next to Lorain’s World War II Memorial on the eastern approach to the Lofton Henderson Memorial Bridge now honors the aforementioned Lorain native and Marine hero. The stone has been there for a while, but now has been spruced up and repurposed with the new plaque.

It’s a wonderful tribute to Henderson that explains why the bridge is named for him, and the perfect companion to the neighboring monument (below) honoring all of the Lorain soldiers who lost their lives in World War II.

Although it’s a little tricky exiting Henderson Drive to see the monuments up close (and even more dangerous getting back on the boulevard) hopefully some signage can be added that will encourage people to stop.

Lorain has an impressive World War II legacy: several bonafide war heroes, the former shipyard where the battle ships were built, and the Admiral of the whole fleet was born here. It’s good to see part of that heritage still being embraced in 2017.

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