Funds continue to be raised for new Veterans Memorial
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those to display the T-shirts still available for purchase to help defray the costs of a veterans monument to be erected in the Palmerton Borough Park are (l-r) Ed Moyer, commander of American Legion Post 269, Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, Palmerton United Veterans Organization, and Garry Fink.
Sweatshirts and T-shirts are still available for purchase to help construct a Veteran's Memorial in Palmerton later this year.
Blue and red in color, the T-shirts cost $18. Also blue and red in color, the hooded sweatshirts cost $28, while cruise sweatshirts are $23.
The shirts read Palmerton Veterans Memorial across the top, and "Some Gave All" across the bottom. On the front is a picture of the statue that will be on the veterans memorial.
Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, Palmerton United Veteran's Organization, said individuals who would buy a T-shirt and either a hooded sweat shirt or cruise sweat shirt would receive a $5 discount off their total cost.
The T-shirts and sweatshirts are available for purchase at the Country Harvest Family Market, 572 Delaware Avenue. Or, they may be ordered by calling Uhnak at (610) 826-2902.
At present, Uhnak said $119,000 of the expected $150,000 cost has been raised for the monument. The group has collected 3,800 names for the memorial, and are looking for more names to be submitted.
Recently, a granite block was purchased for the statue in the amount of $10,000. The group plans to light the statue and install fencing around it.
Uhnak said upcoming fundraisers will include a bridge collection along Delaware Avenue, and a bake sale at Country Harvest Family Market in May.
The PUVO and the borough plan to build the memorial in the borough park 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 have lived in the area at least half of their adult life.
It will be dedicated on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, to mark the 100-year celebration of the borough.
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 in wartime. Peacetime veterans will also be honored.
The memorial will be located on a section of land 35 feet 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, one of 10 created depicting the gun and helmet, will consist of between 30 and 40 slabs of granite and contain 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 on one side of the base was written for soldiers killed in a battle in Vietnam.
Opportunities to say thank you to veterans can be made 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.
Moyer said 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 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.