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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Newport to Rededicate World War II Memorial on Veterans Day

Here at Fort Thomas Matters, we always provide you with the latest news out of Newport Pavilion. On Monday, November 11th, an extremely special event is taking place at Newport Pavilion, but it has nothing to do with all the new retailers opening up shop. The City of Newport will be rededicating their World War II Memorial in honor of Veterans Day.

The plaque was originally located in front of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Newport's Cote Brilliante neighborhood. It was first erected in 1946, but was removed when construction began for what is now Newport Pavilion. Newport natives John Schmitz, Frank Benning Jr., Dave Guidugli, Robert Huskisson, Harry Vaal, Howard Ewing, and Vincent Steil are all honored on the plaque.

The memorial will now be located at the corner of Pavilion Parkway and Chesapeake Avenue. The rededication service will also take place at this location on Veterans Day at 9:00am. According to Tom Guidugli, the rededication ceremony will include appearances by Newport's City Manager, Father John Reisenberg (former Pastor of St. Francis), and the family members of the seven men listed on the plaque. Guidugli will also be speaking at the rededication ceremony.

Since many Ft. Thomas residents have roots in Newport and connections to the men honored on the plaque, this ceremony is a great way to take time on Veterans Day to honor those who bravely fought for our country.

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