UVO looking for information on veterans for memorial
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Steve Vasko (left), president of the Palmerton Hungarian Club, presents a check to Richard Nothstein (second from left) as a contribution toward the eventual veteran's memorial that will be erected in the borough park to honor veterans from the Palmerton Area who served in wartime. Also pictured are Bruce Reiner (second from right), Palmerton VFW commander, and Ed Moyer (first from right), Palmerton American Legion commander.
Just as they did then and now, Palmerton Area servicemen and women are again asked to step up once more.
Those who do will eventually be recognized as part of a veterans memorial that will honor veterans from the Palmerton area who served in wartime.
The Palmerton United Veteran's Organization and the borough plan to build a memorial to honor all of the Palmerton area servicemen and women.
But, in order to do that, the committee needs to obtain information for those who have served or presently serve in the armed forces of the United States.
That means 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.
The necessary information should include the individual's name, branch of service, dates of service, rank, date of birth, residence at time of induction, and years living in the Palmerton area.
The information should be sent to the Palmerton Legion, P.O. Box 84 Palmerton, Pa 18071, or Palmerton VFW, 2020 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton, Pa 18071.
The memorial will consist of between 45-50 slabs of granite with the names of 94 veterans per slab engraved on the granite. A separate granite slab may also be included for "Those That Gave All."
The site for the memorial will be the lower southwest corner of the borough park, where the present flagpole is located, and will include a list of all veterans names on granite monuments from all time periods of service.
Committee member Richard Nothstein, a Palmerton borough councilman, said the goal is to hold a dedication of the memorial in time for Memorial Day 2012, to mark the 100 year celebration of the borough.
"I think this is going to be special," Nothstein said. "It's not just the borough, but the entire Palmerton Area School District."
Nothstein said contributions toward the purchase of the granite slabs are being accepted.
"People have been very receptive to the idea," he said. "It should be something we should be very proud of."
Other committee members include Ed Moyer, Steve Vlossak, Bruce Reiner, and Joe Uhnak. Moyer said information about the memorial can be viewed on Facebook, under Palmerton Area Servicemen and Women Memorial. In addition, a website, palmertonuvo.org, should be in operation by the end of this week, said Moyer.
Anyone with questions, or those who want to submit the information, may contact Uhnak at 610-826-2902, or email@example.com, Moyer at 610-504-6680, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Nothstein at 610-826-7339, or email@example.com.
In March, the committee presented a certificate of appreciation to Richard and Darlene Nothstein for their support to the veterans of Carbon County from all the veterans organizations in the county.