Names appearing on veterans memorial in Palmerton will be displayed by Veterans Day
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton United Veterans Organization who gathered recently at the site of the Palmerton Veterans Memorial are (l-r) Ed Moyer, commander, American Legion Post 269, Harry Brown, Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, American Legion Post 269, and Richard Nothstein, goodwill Ambassador.
Names submitted for inclusion on the Palmerton Veterans Memorial will likely have to wait until Veterans Day.
An information box complete with forms for names to go on the memorial wall, bricks and blocks, are available at the site, and may be filled out and sent in, according to Joe Uhnak, first vice commander, American Legion Post 269.
Uhnak said the deadline to have names submitted for placement on the memorial wall in time for Memorial Day expired April 22, and as a result, all names that were turned in after that date must wait to be placed on the wall, bricks, and blocks, until Veterans Day.
There is no charge to have names put on the Memorial stones, said Uhnak, who added the deadline to have the names for the bricks and blocks on for this coming Veterans Day is Sept. 1.
Uhnak said names on the walls and bricks that were initially missed, as well as any new names, will be added on the memorial stones in alphabetical order, possibly in time for Memorial Day, or if not, by Veterans Day.
In addition, any names that were misspelled, or dates that are incorrect, are expected to be changed in time for Memorial Day, Uhnak said.
The Memorial Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27. Uhnak said all veterans are invited to march in the parade.
Signs will eventually be put up to warn visitors as they enter the memorial that the area may be slippery when wet, Uhnak said.
The gate will always be open, and visitors may come in at any reasonable time, Uhnak said. No pets are allowed inside at any time, he said.
There are security cameras in place, said Uhnak, who added "the Memorial Committee wishes to thank everyone who has come to visit the memorial and keep it as clean as it is."
"It's really been kept nice," Uhnak said. "The memorial is for everyone to enjoy and pay their respects."
Uhnak said hooded sweatshirts, T-shirts, and a sweat shirt jacket with zipper and hood are available for purchase at the Palmerton Area Historical Society, or by contacting him at email@example.com, or (610)-826-2902. 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, and the sweat shirt jacket, $30 for sizes up to Extra Large, and anything over is $35.
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.
The Palmerton United Veterans Organization - 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.