Community steps up in support of veteran's project
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Joe Uhnak, second from left, of the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization receives a donation from the Rev. William Campion, second from right, paster of Sacred Heart Parish Church of Palmerton. Also pictured are Richard Nothstein, far left, and George Duell Jr., far right.
Community support continues to pour in for a veteran's memorial set to be erected in Palmerton.
The parishioners of the Sacred Heart Church of Palmerton were the latest to give a donation to the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization for the eventual construction of the memorial.
Over $1,800 was raised as part of a collection over Memorial Day weekend, said George Duell Jr., Freedom Team Salute, Ambassador, U.S. Army.
"We're just pleased with our parishioners," Duell said. "They were generous; we got more than we thought."
Also of note, members of the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton recently donated $750 from its endowment fund to the PUVO.
At present, about $49,800 of the expected $123,000 cost has been raised, said Joseph Uhnak, of the PUVO. An additional $10,000 in grant money could also be received after the Corbett administration approved $48 million for local projects sought by specific lawmakers, popularly known as WAMs, for "walking around money."
The Palmerton United Veteran's Organization and the borough plan to build the memorial to honor all of the Palmerton area servicemen and women as a tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and to those who served to preserve our freedom.
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 had lived in the area at least half of their adult life.
A series of meetings produced a draft drawing. The centerpiece was donated by Richard Nothstein, a borough council member who spearheaded the project.
The centerpiece is a sculpture entitled "Some Gave All," and depicts a gun and helmet. The sculpture 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. To qualify, veterans need not have seen action. Peacetime veterans will also be honored.
The memorial will be located on a section of land 35-fee by 40-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 sculpture is one of 10 that were created and will consist of between 30 and 40 slabs of granite with the names of about 200 veterans per slab engraved on the granite. It was made by James N. Mur of Sedona, Ariz., who sent a plaque to Nothstein that told about the sculpture's beginnings. A poem by Major Michael Davis O'Donnell is on one side of the base that was written for soldiers killed in a battle in Vietnam.
The memorial will be dedicated on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, to mark the 100-year celebration of the borough.
Opportunities to say thank you to veterans can be by a listing on the granite wall individual or family name for a $500 donation, and a corporate or business name for $750.
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.
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.
Information about the memorial can be viewed on Facebook, under Palmerton Area Servicemen and Women Memorial, and on palmertonuvo.org.
Anyone with questions, or those who want to submit the information, may contact Uhnak at (610) 826-2902, or firstname.lastname@example.org, Ed Moyer at (610) 504-6680, or email@example.com, or Nothstein at 610-826-7339, or firstname.lastname@example.org