HUDSON — Restoration work on the bronze tablet of the World War I Memorial will be complete by Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the 100th anniversary of the day that WWI fighting ceased with the signing of the Armistice, leading to the end of the war. 

A rededication of the restored bronze tablet and a commemorative ceremony to honor veterans is planned for Nov. 11 at 11a.m. at the WWI Memorial, located on the southwest corner of Routes 303 and 91 on the Boy Scout Green.

The removal of the 30-inch by 60-inch bronze tablet took place Sept. 19. 

Members of the Hudson High School History Club Yuhan Kim (senior), Ben Just and Aidan Keller (both freshman) assisted in the effort, along with Christopher Bach, an architect and resident of Hudson, who is leading the WWI Memorial restoration project.

The 196-pound bronze tablet was carefully removed from the stone-rubble pedestal/?base and transported to Oberlin, where it will be professionally cleaned, restored and a new patina finish applied. Conservation work on the bronze tablet is being done by nationally recognized conservators McKay Lodge Fine Art Conservation Laboratory. 

"We are very fortunate to have secured McKay Lodge’s expertise and services for the bronze tablet restoration work and having them located so close to Hudson has great advantages for the project," said Bach. 

A vinyl banner of the "Hudson WWI Memorial" fundraising poster designed by Hudson graphic artist Jon C. Lund will be temporarily secured to the stone pedestal/?base while the bronze tablet is being restored.

To date, the Hudson WWI Memorial Restoration and Centennial project has raised more than $6,850 through the continued generosity of local community, service, veteran’s groups and individuals. Bach said that a year ago on Sept. 27, 2017, through the 100 Cities/?100 Memorials matching grant program, the project was one of 100 WWI memorials selected nationwide to receive a $2,000 matching grant towards the restoration, conservation and maintenance of the Hudson WWI Memorial. 

"Without these donations and grants, the restoration of Hudson’s WWI Memorial bronze tablet would not have been possible," he said.

A fundraising campaign for a new stone pedestal/?base will continue through spring 2019, with a formal rededication ceremony planned for Memorial Day 2019, which will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of Hudson’s WWI Memorial bronze tablet original installation and dedication on the west elevation of the Clock Tower on "Decoration Day" 1919.

This year’s Veterans Day event will also include: "Bells of Peace: A National World War I Remembrance," a national tolling of bells across the United States to honor those who served in the Great War. The United States participated from April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918. 

At 11 a.m., The Clock Tower, Western Reserve Academy Chapel and local houses of worship will toll their bells slowly 21-times, with a five-second interval between tolls. The 21 tolls symbolize the nation’s highest honor and is based on the 21-gun salute.

There will also be the playing of "Taps" by a WRA or Hudson High School band member. There will be a solemn reading and opening remarks by city of Hudson and local veteran organization representatives.

There will be a presentation of "100 Cities/?100 Memorials World War I Centennial Memorial" certificate and a plaque designation to the city of Hudson.

There will be the unveiling of the restored bronze tablet and eagle by WWI Doughboy reenactors and a possible reading of the 81 Hudson WWI veterans whose names are listed on the bronze tablet.WWI-era music will be played by WRA/?HHS band.

"Hudson’s WWI Memorial is part of our history," Bach said. "The men and women in Hudson served in the Great War with purpose. It was also important to them to serve their nation. The memorial is proof of their dedication to serve and to freedom. 

"Now, 100 years later, it is our turn to keep the memory of their service alive — to honor and recognize the heroism and sacrifice of the 81 WWI Veterans who served from Hudson."

In the coming weeks, the Hudson Hub-Times will publish the life-stories of many of the WWI veterans. 

"The goal is to bring a heightened awareness to the importance and preservation of the existing Hudson WWI Memorial," Bach said. " ... to honor the names of those who served, and the history of the Hudson community where they lived."