Photo by Julia Hart
The family of Jerry Taylor, after whom the Sunnyside Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza is named, attended yesterday’s annual Veterans Day ceremony and dedication of two new walls at the plaza. Left to right, are Debbie Amos, Joyce Taylor and Kim Taylor Morris. Not pictured is Taylor’s other daughter, Becky Poynter, who was unable to attend the ceremony.
As of Thursday, November 12, 2015
Each year the Jerry Taylor family continues to mark Veterans Day by attending ceremonies held at the memorial plaza named in his honor.
The plaza, located in downtown Sunnyside near South Ninth Street and East Edison Avenue, serves as a centerpiece to honor the community’s living and dead veterans of foreign wars and international military conflicts.
This year was no different, for his widow, Joyce Taylor and daughters Debbie Amos and Kim Taylor Morris.
Taylor Morris, Taylor’s youngest daughter, said her older sister Becky Poynter was unable to attend Wednesday’s program, but that ceremony has become an important part of the family’s traditions.
Her father served in the military and was a long-time commander of the Sunnyside American Legion Post.
In addition, Jerry Taylor also served as a Sunnyside city councilman and served several terms as the city’s mayor.
Taylor Morris introduced Taylor’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the ceremony’s crowd as a part of the dedication of two giant granite walls commemorating the sacrifices of area POWs, living and dead.
“Dad would be humbled and proud of this plaza,” Taylor Morris said.