There will be a formal rededication of the “Cleveland War Memorial: Fountain of Eternal Life” located in the Veterans’ Memorial Plaza of downtown Cleveland on Friday, July 25, 2014, at noon. Being honored will be Corporal Brad D. Squires and all fallen heroes of the United States Military.
Corporal Squires grew up in Middleburg Heights and graduated from Berea High School in 1997. He joined the Marines in 1999 and served as an active reservist out of Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment in Akron, Ohio. In February of 2005, he was sent to Al Anbar Province in Iraq with his Marine Infantry division and would serve four months with his battalion. Corporal Squires was killed in action on June 9, 2005, when the vehicle he was in hit an explosive device as he was conducting operations near Haqlaniyah, Iraq.
Cpl. Squires excelled as a Marine and earned several awards, including the Purple Heart, the Expert Marksmanship Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
The rededication will add the names of the 42 casualties of war from Cuyahoga County who died in military service in Iraq and Afghanistan. With this addition, the Memorial will contain the names of 5,551 patriots who gave their lives in service to America, dating back from the Spanish-American War in 1899 to the present.
Middleburg Heights Council President Matthew Castelli along with City Councilmen Raymond G. Guttmann, David Bortolotto, Bill Meany, Mathew McGregor, Michael Ference, and John Grech, and Mayor Gary Starr, thank Mr. Patrick McLaughlin, President of the Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial and all those who continue to work tirelessly to honor our fallen heroes.
Mayor Starr and all members of Middleburg Heights City Council have always honored and recognized United States servicemen and women, whether it is our Memorial Day Services or the Veterans’ Memorial outside of the Community Center. The Mayor and City Council understand the many sacrifices that American soldiers make for the cause of defending justice and liberty.
All are welcome to attend the formal rededication on July 25th honoring our war heroes who gave their lives for duty, honor, and country. For additional information, please see www.clevelandvetsmemorial.org.
The Squires family continues to honor and memorialize Corporal Brad Squires by sponsoring an annual golf outing with the proceeds going toward academic scholarships and the upkeep of the Memorial Plaza. The 10th Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Please visit www.bradsquires.net for more information.