Restored World War I Memorial dedicated in ceremony
Flanked by Committee Chairwoman Edith Lukasevich and Jim Thorpe Lions Club President James Trainer, Committee Chairman Ronald Sheehan speaks to those assembled at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe during the dedication ceremony for the borough's newly restored World War I Memorial.
Veterans, politicians, and local residents joined the Jim Thorpe Lions Club and the World War I Memorial Restoration Committee in dedicating the newly restored World War I Memorial in Jim Thorpe last Saturday.
The monument honors veterans who fought in what was originally known simply as the "World War" or the "Great War" but later became known as "World War I" after the second outbreak of war in Europe in 1939.
When President Wilson and the U.S. Congress declared war on April 6, 1917, the citizens of Mauch Chunk, East Mauch Chunk and the outlying townships answered the call to arms along with 2.8 million other Americans.
The monument restoration was a joint project that cleaned, repointed, and sealed the original stonework.
A concrete fountain was removed and paving stones allowing for better water drainage were installed around the monument and the base of a nearby flagpole.
Additions to the Memorial consist of two bronze plaques measuring 24 x 24" listing the 472 men and women who served in the conflict.
A 28 inch tall bronze eagle will also be installed on the top of the monument when it is received from the foundry.
Speaking on the restoration, Committee Chairman Ronald Sheehan said that "today was the end of three years of hard work and its been a great partnership."
"The names of all those who served in World War I from the area are finally going to be remembered for generations to come."
Committee Chairwoman Edith Lukasevich stated that "I was most proud that William Leopold and Donald Michel were both here to present the wreath and their fathers names are on the monument."
The other members of the World War I Monument Restoration Committee are: Jolene Evans; Atty. Carole Walbert; Ben Walbert; Jim Pompa; Patty Herman; and Frank Sebelin.