Each year since 1993, members of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society have hosted a “Heritage Day” at the Myers Inn, now the Myers Inn Museum.
Each year Heritage Day has a theme. This year’s theme centered on the Big Walnut area’s military veterans and activities.
Bob Cheadle, a former U.S. Army paratrooper who served in World War II and Korea, had a display and talked about his experiences while in the service. Bill Kavage displayed Civil War memorabilia, and Rick Helwig was in the blacksmith shop working on a Civil War cannon.
American Legion Post 457 and the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial had a display of more recent wars and shared experiences with visitors. On board were Post 457 members Richard Doritty and Gene Fuller.
This year the Big Walnut Area Historical Society recognized Roger Roberts for his activities supporting local history.
While the turnout was light, historical society president Damon Bower said he was pleased with the response to the military-related displays.
“The weather was great, so Rick Helwig was able to show his restored Civil War cannon outdoors,” Bower said. “Bob Cheadle always tells nice stories about his time in the service, and we were really pleased with the American Legion display.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093