A plaque honoring Dryden residents who fought and died in the Civil War, World War I, World War II and Korea will be dedicated by the Dryden Vets on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. A breakfast will be held at the hall the day before on Sunday, May 27. The cost is $8 per person.
According to The Tri-City Times the plaque was donated to the Dryden Vets by resident Rex Haynes following years of research begun by his mother, Sally Haynes, who was involved with the Dryden Historical Society and a longtime member of the Dryden Veterans Auxiliary and trustee on the Dryden Township Board. "I wanted to complete this project to acknowledge all of these Dryden-area men who sacrificed their lives in these wars " said Haynes. "I also wanted to fulfill my mother's wish that they not be forgotten."
Haynes identified twenty seven Dryden residents who died in the Civil War, six in World War I, two in World Ward II and one in the Korean War and more recently discovered four other Dryden residents who died in the Civil War.
The plaque memorializes the following Dryden residents:
The Civil War: Robert Alexander, Willliam Alverson, James H. Alverson, Joseph Cody, Lyman Cody, Henry Crane, George Ellsworth, Asa Gordenier, Myron Haynes, Theron Hall, James Kendrick, Henry Long, Bradley Mattoon, William Maynard, John McNeil, Allen R. Molesbury, Edward Moran, Lemuel Peck, Whitman Seely, Jeremiah Squier, Samuel Starmer, Jerome Thompson, Wallace W. Tuttle, Orson H. VanKleek, Benjamin Wallace, Colbert Watson, William Henry Watson, Adin West, David B. Whiddon and Fletcher Wood.
World War I: Ira Banister, Earl Hodges, Cornell Moldaun, George Wilson and Kenneth Conn.
World War II: Dennis Alison and Charles Pettit.
Korean War: Rex Blow.
The permanent location of the memorial has yet to be determined. "It could be placed at Memorial Park or it might end up being displayed at the hall" said Haynes. The hall is located at 4223 South Mill Street in Dryden.
Source: Tri-City Times