CLEARWATER, Fla. – The City of Clearwater will hold a Tuesday, 9 a.m., Nov. 11 dedication ceremony for the Capitol Theatre Wall of Honor at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave.
Congressman David Jolly as well as Clearwater Mayor George N. Cretekos and Clearwater City Councilmembers are expected to be in attendance.
The Wall was discovered when the Capitol Theatre was renovated in 2013. Breaking through the plaster that exposed an exterior brick face of the abutting building, workers uncovered a carefully lettered list of more than a hundred Clearwater area citizens who served in the armed forces during World War I. Many surnames that are familiar today, such as Coachman, McMullen, Nall, Plumb and Turner are among them. The Wall of Honor, as it was labeled, had been hidden from view since construction of the Capitol Theatre sealed the list between the theatre interior and the shared wall of its neighbor, the Clearwater Sun building in 1920.
A portion of the Wall has been preserved at the renovated Capitol Theatre. However, most of the bricks that were removed during renovation have been reassembled and are now the focus of a history exhibit at the Clearwater Main Library that will be dedicated on Veterans Day. In addition to sections of the wall, the display includes photos, news clippings and supporting documents that verify the names and clarify events of that period.
The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, call (727) 562-4970.