Columbus unveiled a memorial Tuesday to remember active and retired employees who have died,
“We live in a great city and it’s because of people like these Columbus is what it is today,” Mayor Jim Wetherington said after an hour-long program on the Government Center Plaza. “It gives us an opportunity to say thank you.”
During the program, the mayor and other city officials recognized 26 active or retired employees who died in 2008. The employees represented more than 530 years of service to the Consolidated Government.
“This is nice,” said Joe Robbins, a retired police sergeant of the Columbus Police Department. He worked with many of the police officers recognized.
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Each of the employees names were called during the tribute. A family member or coworker was handed a long-stem white carnation to place in a vase near two lighted candles. The city presented each family with a plaque bearing the name of the employee and words of thanks for service.
The program ended with the dedication of a 3-foot tall granite memorial in the center of the courtyard outside the Government Center Plaza. “We honor their services to this community and its citizens and give thanks for their tireless work and dedication,” the memorial reads.