Veterans to seek memorial sign funding
As part of the entrance to the county’s veterans memorial off West Fourth Street, the commission would like to have a mountain stone divider and sign placed in the middle of the driveway, Markley said.
To accomplish this, the commission is going to approach Lycoming County commissioners and ask for a $45,000 “Legacy Fund” grant that may be available through the natural gas impact fee, Markley said.
Architect Anthony Visco, himself a veteran, has agreed to donate his time on the divider and sign project, Markley said.
The grant would likely be able to pay for the mountain stone divider and sign and additional lighting to the entrance, he said.
Veterans, many of them who fought in the Korean War, also are preparing to march in color guard and rifle salute formation in the Lycoming County Veterans Parade on Nov. 9.
Some of these individuals belong to the Veterans Memorial Park Commission, and they met Monday, out of the rain, beneath the cover of a shed at the park at Wahoo Drive and West Fourth Street.
Howard Wilt, is the chairman, and went over each other commission goals. The commissions’ next activity, other than attending funerals of veterans at the request of the families, is their appearance in the annual Lycoming County Veterans Parade at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 in Montoursville.
John Markley, a retired Army master sergeant, said he will be in the parade riding on a motorcycle with the Goldwing Road Riders. Also, the color guard with the Korean War Veterans of Pennsylvania Inc., of which the commission has several members, will be on hand for the march.
The parade will be a way to honor veterans, service members and those who have fallen in combat or never came home. Different from Memorial Day, which honors the war dead, the parade is for all living and deceased veterans and is in tribute to Nov. 11, the day an armistace was signed between Allied and Axis powers to end World War I.
Update on brick sales,
and six-monument wall
The commission has raised nearly $50,000 from selling bricks that are engraved with the donor’s desired information, Markley said.
There is $47,224 in the account from sale of bricks, which brings the commission full account to $48,528 and $934 in a submarine maintenance account.
The bricks sales enabled the commission to hire individual trades companies to construct a memorial wall consisting of six black granite monuments on order. Each of the monuments will have a theme of a war that occurred between the Revolutionary War and Spanish-American War, or before World War I, the commission said.
The commission takes only checks and money orders for this project and will not accept cash for accouting purposes, Markley said.