Monument to honor Palmerton veterans may soon grace park
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Richard Nothstein of Palmerton (second from right) proudly accepts a certificate of appreciation presented to he and his wife, Darlene, for their support to the veterans of Carbon County, from all the veterans organizations in the county. Pictured with Nothstein are Palmerton VFW members Joe Uhnak (first from left), Ed Moyer (second from left) and Bruce Reiner (first from right).
A granite monument, in memory of veterans from the Palmerton area, may soon grace its borough park.
Members of the Palmerton Veterans of Foreign Wars committee earlier this week discussed plans to design and construct the memorial, which would honor veterans from the Palmerton area who served in wartime.
The memorial may consist of vertical slabs of granite with the names of all the veterans engraved. A separate granite slab may also be included for "Those That Gave All."
The primary site for the memorial appears to be the lower southwest corner of the borough park, where the present flagpole is located.
Committee member Richard Nothstein said he would be willing to contribute to the costs. The committee also plans to send out letters to business owners, and may hold a flag pin fundraiser.
Nothstein, a Palmerton Borough councilman, said his next step will be to petition the borough's Parks and Recreation Committee for their approval. If the idea receives approval, Nothstein said he will then present it to borough council in either April or May.
The committee said it would like to hold a dedication of the memorial in time for Memorial Day 2012.
The committee also 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.
Richard, whose wife Darlene was not in attendance, humbly accepted the award on his and her behalf.
"It truly is one of the joys of mine," Richard Nothstein said. "It's special."
Committee members include Ed Moyer, Steve Vlossak, Bruce Reiner, Joe Uhnak, and Richard Nothstein.
The next meeting of the committee will be at 6 p.m. April 20.