Toledo Rotary seeks help updating Wall of Names

The Toledo Veteran Appreciation Plaza is located on Main Street, next to Timbers Restaurant and Lounge. The metal plaques of the Wall of Names have been removed for renovation. (Photo by Mathew Brock)

TOLEDO — The Rotary Club of Toledo is working to renovate the Toledo Veterans Appreciation Plaza on Main Street, and it is looking to the community for help in making sure all the veterans of Lincoln County are observed.

The plaza is located next Timber’s Restaurant and Lounge and was added to Toledo in 2002. The rotary took over maintenance in 2014. The rotary recently started doing renovations, painting the plaza and updating the plaques on the Wall of Names, which acknowledges veterans throughout Lincoln County.

“We’re trying to drive some people to the rotary’s website to help us confirm the proper spelling of all the names before we get the new plates created,” said Paul Steenkolk, the rotary member in charge of the project. “You can go to the list of names that we’re going to put on the plaques and help confirm the correct spelling, or if a name is absent you can let us know to get it added.”

Steenkolk said a major part of the renovations that still needs to be addressed is adding some lights to illuminate the Wall of Names at night. He said that part of the project is stymied since most electricians the rotary contacted are too far backed up due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re putting a call out to anyone who might give us a bid, but everyone’s been backed up for months, so we haven’t been able to move forward with it,” Steenkolk said. “We have three floodlight sconces we want installed to shine on the plaques and the flags that we’d like to illuminate them at night. We don’t want to put the plaques back up until we can get them illuminated.”

For more information on the plaza or to assist with the Wall of Names renovation, go to toledooregonrotary.org and check the “Local Projects” tab.

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