Scioto County KIA-MIA Memorial
Created in 1939 as a memorial for veterans of the Great War (known today as World War I), this Portsmouth memorial bears the names of soldiers from Scioto County who perished in both World Wars and conflicts ranging from Korea and Vietnam to modern wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Names of families' loved ones that served are written on bricks that encircle the memorial.
Backstory and Context
The memorial is kept up to date by the city of Portsmouth. The memorial includes 84 men from the area who died in World War I and 208 who perished in World War II. There are 31 names representing local men who died in Korea. This area is home to annual celebrations and commemorations of local veterans and the memorial continues to expand as funding is available and as new names are added.
On the rear of the memorial is written "In honor and memory of all veterans of Scioto County who served our country in times of peace and war. And to those who paid the supreme sacrifice so that we may enjoy freedom. Their spirit, devotion, a love of country will be forever remembered."
Scioto County Commissions. Accessed April 04, 2018. http://sciotocountydirectory.net/scodc/miakia.html.