Community is a vital component of who we are as a company. As such, it is not uncommon to learn of ways that our employees donate their time, money and expertise to worthy causes.
Most recently, two of our employees went above and above the call of duty to honor our veterans by assisting two communities to design and construct a Veterans Memorial.
Kettering Veterans and Inventors Plaza
The Kettering Parks Foundation in Kettering, Ohio celebrated the dedication of its new Veterans and Inventors Plaza (also known as the Kettering Veteran’s Plaza and Charles F. Kettering History Walk).
The plaza includes five pillars, each representing a different branch of the military. These pillars serve as a public expression of gratitude to those who have served and continue to serve our nation. Meanwhile, the walkway shares information about Charles F. Kettering who is an innovator, as well as the founder of Delco (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Co.). Three interactive history stations along the walkway highlight the history, inventions and philanthropic contributions of Mr. Kettering to the local community, the automotive industry and the world.
Shook’s Mike Eckley is on the board of directors for the Kettering Parks Foundation, so it only made sense that he use his 40+ years of construction experience to manage the design and construction of this memorial. In addition, 15 local contractors provided in-kind services to complete the project. Those volunteer hours and additional private donations funded the $400,000 project.
Troy-Miami County Veterans Memorial
The Troy-Miami County Public Library and the Miami Valley Veterans Museum dedicated its new Veterans Memorial in Troy, Ohio. The new memorial highlights all branches of the armed services with a distinct image set into concrete around a flagpole.
Local individuals, organizations and businesses came together to make this memorial a reality. This includes Shook’s Jeff Schlarman who donated his time to install the concrete for the project while Shook Construction donated the materials.
Troy Mayor Mike Beamish shared that the project is a “demonstration of what community spirit is all about” and a “lasting tribute” to all veterans.