FRONTENAC VETERANS MEMORIAL

WHILE A STUDENT IN HIS SOPHOMORE AND JUNIORS YEARS, 1992-93, AT FRONTENAC HIGH SCHOOL, JARED PYLE WAS ALWAYS INVOLVED IN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA.

JARED ELECTED TO BECOME AN EAGLE SCOUT AND NEEDED A PROJECT THAT WOULD QUALIFY HIM FOR THAT HONOR.

JARED HAD AN IDEA THAT WOULD NOT ONLY ASSIST HIM IN COMPLETING THE REQUIREMENTS NECESSARY TO BECOME AN EAGLE SCOUT BUT WOULD GIVE HONOR AND RECOGNITION TO THE VETERANS OF FRONTENAC.

WITH THE ASSISTANT OF THE INDIVIDUALS MENTIONED BELOW, THAT IDEA BECAME A REALITY, HENCE, THE FRONTENAC VETERANS MEMORIAL

WITH THE COOPERATION OF MR. CHARLES QUENOY, MR. GUS BOSETTI AND MR. OWEN C. O’HARA, A TOTAL OF TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE NAMES OF FRONTENAC VETERANS WERE OBTAINED AND PROGRESS BEGAN.

THE CITY OF PITTSBURG DONATED THE BRICKS; MR. CHARLES QUENOY CONSTRUCTED THE INSET THAT THE NAMES WOULD BE ATTACHED TO. THE BRONZE NAME PLAQUES WERE ENGRAVED BY MR. RON WILBERT, OWNER OF WILBERT ENGRAVING & DESIGN.

THE ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE MEMORIAL WAS DONE BY MR. JOHN NEPOTE AND MR. “CHICK” OEHME. THE ORIGINAL SITE OF THE MEMORIAL WAS NEAR THE FRONT ENTRANCE TO THE FRONTENAC POLICE STATION.

IN 2004, MR. DAN BRUNETTI, FRONTENAC CITY ADMINISTRATOR CONTACTED THE AMERICAN LEGION AND COMMANDER RON R. WATTELET TO POSSIBLY RELOCATE THE MEMORIAL AND TO UPDATE THE NAMES. THIS MARKED THE BEGINNING OF THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED VETERANS MEMORIAL

COMMANDER WATTELET READILY ACCEPTED THE CHALLENGE AND WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF MANY OF THE FRONTENAC LEGION MEMBERS, THE FRONTENAC VETERANS MEMORIAL EXPANDED FROM THE ORIGINAL TWO-HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE (225) NAMED VETERANS TO CURRENTLY OVER EIGHT HUNDRED (800).

THE NEW DESIGN HAS LISTED AT THE VERY TOP AN THE BEGINNING, THE SEVEN (7) FRONTENAC VETERANS THAT HAVE SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR OUR FREEDOM

ALL OTHER ARE LISTED BY THE WAR AND OF CONFLICT THAT THEY SERVED IN ALONG WITH THE BRANCH OF SERVICE. BEGINNING WITH WW I TO THE CURRENT PERSIAN GULF WAR.

AS NEW NAMES OF VETERANS ARE RECEIVED, THE MEMORIAL WILL BE UPDATED.

FRONTENAC IS PROUD OF THE FRONTENAC VETERANS MEMORIAL AND A DEBT OF GRATITUDE IS OWED TO ALL INVOLVED FROM THE INITIAL MEMORIAL TO THE PRESENT.

A REPLICA OF THE FRONTENAC VETERANS MEMORIAL THAT WAS USED FOR AWARD PRESENTATION AT THE FRONTENAC VETERANS DAY, JUNE 4, 2005 WAS GIVEN TO THE FRONTENAC AMERICAN LEGION POST 43 AND IS PROUDLY ON DISPLAY IN THE AMERICAN LEGION HALL.