The dedication ceremony was held at the Old Cemetery for the unveiling of a granite
memorial on Saturday May 15, 2010. There were over 130 people in attendance. There
was a 90 minute program with speakers including City of Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, Aaron
Baker from Government Relations at University of Toledo and Terry Smith, CEO of Northwest
Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. The Toledo Catholic War Veterans Logsdon-Walla Post 639
provided the color guard.
The inscription on the memorial for the old cemetery reads as follows:
2010 Memorial Dedication Ceremony
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TOLEDO STATE HOSPITAL OLD CEMETERY
In memory of those persons whose lives
were challenged by mental illness and physical disability during a time when these
conditions were largely misunderstood and treatments were in their infancy and mostly
May we always remember your struggle and your strength, and may your peace now be
Beyond well done - The events of May 15, 2010 were extraordinary. I am amazed at
what you have accomplished in the short time since committee inception. Your plans
for the future are equally impressive and given your track record very achievable.
I congratulate each of you for your passion and achievement. Thank you for making
a significant and positive difference in restoring dignity and honor to the approximately
2000 persons buried in the two hospital cemeteries. Overcoming the negative is both
the price of achievement and greatness. You have realized both.
Terry Smith, CEO of Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital.