A retrospective that chronicles the construction of the Palmerton Veteran's Memorial will be ready in time for its dedication.
The Palmerton United Veterans Organization will publish an 8.5-inch-by-11-inch program for the dedication of the memorial. The program will be available at the event.
The dedication for the memorial will be held on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, starting at noon. Then at 2 p.m., the borough will host the Carbon County Veterans Day Parade.
Richard Nothstein, a borough councilman who spearheaded the veterans' memorial, said the program will include about 24 pages of pictures that show the progress of the construction of the memorial, along with a list of all the veterans names listed on the granite pillars in the order of the time period that they served, as well as a listing of the events of the day.
That includes the activities of the dedication, pictures of guest speakers, the Holiday Homecoming Chorus and elementary school chorus, and words for two songs where those in attendance will be asked to participate, Nothstein said. The front and back covers will be in full color, he said.
Additionally, Nothstein said businesses and the public are invited to be included in this heirloom-type publication if they buy a patron listing/listings for $2; advertising space for $50 for a full page; $30 a half page; or $20 a quarter page. Camera-ready art work, or logos and photos, are acceptable for half page or large advertisements.
In August, the PUVO broke ground in the borough park at the site where the memorial will be located. Since then, Matt Lang, of Lang's Landscaping & Tree Service, Palmerton, has done work for the pathways, and brought in 100 tons of modified limestone to make the base for the walkways. In addition, many of the bricks have been laid in the pathway, with more to come; the footers for the granite pillars were poured several weeks ago; the granite bases for the columns have been placed on the footers; four of the granite columns with veterans names were delivered, with the remaining granite columns to come; the centerpiece for the 72 veterans who were killed in action is scheduled to be put in place; and a fence is scheduled to be erected next week.
"Things are moving along; the only problem is the weather," Nothstein said. "Things are working out well, it's shaping up; we're very weather dependent."
The PUVO and the borough decided to build the memorial in the borough park as a tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and to those who served to preserve our freedom.
It will be located on a section of land 40 feet by 60 feet in size in the lower southwest corner of the borough park, where the present flagpole is situated, and will include a list of all veterans' names on granite monuments from all time periods of service.
The memorial will include names of veterans from the American Revolutionary era to the present, a span of over 230 years, who either entered the service while a resident of the Palmerton area, or who have lived in the area at least half of their adult life.
To qualify, veterans need not have seen action in wartime. Peacetime veterans will also be honored.
The centerpiece is a sculpture entitled "Some Gave All," and depicts a gun and helmet. It was donated by Nothstein, and will be surrounded by a wide walkway and standing stones with the names of veterans. Those who were killed in action will be named on the base of the sculpture.
The memorial will consist of 24 slabs of granite and contain the names of 180 veterans per slab engraved on the granite. It was made by James N. Mur of Sedona, Ariz., and purchased by Nothstein.
A list of the names of the veterans that are going to be on the memorial is located at the Country Harvest Family Market in Palmerton.
Available for purchase are T-shirts and sweatshirts that read Palmerton Veterans Memorial across the top, and "Some Gave All" across the bottom. On the front of the T-shirt is a picture of the statue that will be on the veterans memorial. Blue and red in color, the T-shirts cost $18. Also blue and red in color, the hooded sweatshirts cost $28, while crew sweatshirts are $23. They are available for purchase at the Country Harvest Family Market, or by calling Joe Uhnak at (610) 826-2902.
Additionally, Nothstein said one bench is left for purchase. Those who purchase a bench will have their names engraved on them.
Also, opportunities to say thank you to veterans can be made by listing the names of individuals on the bricks or granite block. Personal or family donations of $500, or a corporate or business name for $750 will be placed on the Founding Fathers stone. Walkway opportunities include a 10-inch by 14-inch granite block for $200, and can include a military emblem; a 6-inch by 9-inch paver for $50; or a 4-inch by 8-inch paver for $40. There is no deadline to purchase the bricks or granite blocks.
Any additional donations the PUVO receives will be used toward the maintenance and upkeep of the memorial.
For more information, contact Ed Moyer at (610) 504-6680 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Nothstein at (610) 826-7339 or email@example.com; or Uhnak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the memorial can be viewed on Facebook, under Palmerton Area Servicemen and Women Memorial, and on palmertonuvo.org.