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Sky-View places markers at MIAs’ graves

Those who never returned are being remembered at one local resting place.

On Thursday, small floral arrangements and custom laminated signs were placed at bronze plaques which accompany 70 memorial trees at Sky-View Memorial Park in Hometown.

The memorials honor men killed in action, those buried overseas, some lost at sea and others missing in action.

The laminated signs were produced by Patricia Sherry DeLay and Barbara Sukel Cann based on information obtained through research at the archives of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Although no cemetery services are planned this year due to the pandemic, Sky-View staff will place 3,500 flags at graves of U.S. veterans buried at the site, according to supervisor Dan Farber. The flags will be placed beginning early Friday, Farber said, a project involving several workers.

The cemetery uses an authentic wartime vehicle to transport materials used in preparation for Memorial Day.

The 1941 Ford Jeep has been restored to exact specifications of the World War II Jeep used by the late Robert Miller of Hazle Street in Tamaqua. Miller’s son, Robert A. Miller III, of West Penn Township, is board president at Sky-View.

Dan Farber of Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown, places flowers and a placard at the grave of Pfc. Charles W. Eroh, U.S. Army, on Thursday, one of 70 such tributes rendered for servicemen who never returned home. DONALD SERFASS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS