Donations still being collected for upkeep of veterans memorial
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Donations are still being accepted for the upkeep and maintenance of the recently dedicated Palmerton Veterans Memorial located in the borough park. Pictured are Palmerton United Veterans Organization members (front row, l-r) Ed Moyer, Bobby Solt, (back row, l-r) George Duell, Ed Baranski, and Joe Uhnak.
Donations are still being accepted for the upkeep of the recently dedicated Palmerton Veterans Memorial.
Bricks and pavers are still available for sale, said Ed Moyer, commander, American Legion Post 269, who added two benches are also available for purchase. Those who purchase the benches may have something of their choice engraved on them.
Sweatshirts, programs and pins are available for purchase at the Country Harvest Family Market, said Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, American Legion Post 269.
The sweatshirts read Palmerton Veterans Memorial across the top, and "Some Gave All" across the bottom. Blue and red in color, the hooded sweatshirts cost $28, while crew sweatshirts are $23.
Also, opportunities to say thank you to veterans can be made by listing the names of individuals on the bricks or granite block. Walkway opportunities include a 10-inch by 14-inch granite block for $200, a 6-inch by 9-inch paver for $50; or a 4-inch by 8-inch paver for $40. There is no deadline to purchase the bricks or granite blocks. An information box complete with forms will eventually be installed near the site.
Uhnak said the group would like to give a "special thanks to all the people who supported and helped with our dedication and our parade."
George Duell, Army Reserve Ambassador, added "we're very pleased with the community reception; so many people have told us they're pleased, and glad to have it."
Uhnak noted its important to remember that the memorial "is a solemn place, and we need to keep it that way."
Moyer said the Palmerton United Veterans Organization will attempt to get any names that were missed, or misspelled, placed on the memorial by Memorial Day.
The PUVO - which consists of the American Legion Post 269 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7134 - held the dedication of the Palmerton Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day in the borough park.
With permission from the borough, the PUVO decided to build the memorial in the park as a tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and to those who served to preserve our freedom.
The memorial is located on a section of land 40 feet by 60 feet in size in the lower southwest corner of the park, and includes a list of all veterans' names on granite monuments from all time periods of service.
It includes 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.
To qualify, veterans need not have seen action in wartime. Peacetime veterans will also be honored.
The centerpiece is a sculpture entitled "Some Gave All," and depicts a gun and helmet. James N. Muir of Sedona, Ariz., sculpted the top piece of the sculpture, which was donated by goodwill Ambassador Richard Nothstein.
It is surrounded by a wide walkway and standing stones with the names of veterans. Those who were killed in action are named on the base of the sculpture.
The memorial consists of 24 slabs of granite, and contains the names of 180 veterans per slab engraved on the granite. Walters Monument Company, Summit Hill, did the engraving of all the names on the pillars, bricks and blocks. Matt Lang, of Lang's Landscaping &Tree Service, Palmerton, laid all the bricks and blocks. Local contractor Todd Wentz did excavating work and the laying of the base of the monument.
Information about the memorial can be viewed on Facebook, under Palmerton Area Servicemen and Women Memorial, and on palmertonuvo.org.