AVON — Visitors to the Avon Town Office may have seen a new addition hanging in the front lobby.
In recognition of the Avon citizens presently serving in the military, the town has adopted a “Proudly Serving” wall, to commemorate the hard work and sacrifice that their neighbors have made for their country.
The wall was the brainchild of Town Clerk Sharon M. Knight, who said she was inspired to “recognize our hometown heroes” after a visit to the Town of Royalton, where she observed a similar tribute.
After discussing the wall with the Avon Town Board, a resolution was adopted in support of the project. A diverse core committee was organized, and brought a wide range of expertise to the project. The committee consisted of Operations Director at WYSL 1040 Bob D’Angelo, Kit Potwora of Livingston County Informational Technology, Bruce Seeber of the Livingston County Highway Department, Commander of VFW Post 5292 Jerry Sutfin, Village Justice Joseph Temperato, and Avon Deputy Town Clerk Stephanie Schweitzer.
The wall has inspired towns neighboring Avon to exhibit displays recognizing their service members, including the Town of Livonia. A wall in the Livingston County Government Center commemorates the family members of employees who are currently serving in the military.
There are currently ten service members commemorated on the wall in the Avon Opera Block, each displayed in an 11×17 frame. Applications for Avon residents to have a family member included on the wall are available by contacting the Town Clerks Office. Applications require biographical information and a 5×7 photograph.