Home of the brave

MILROY – A crowd of people gathered Saturday morning for a 30-minute dedication ceremony of the Milroy Veterans Memorial.

Ret. U.S. Marine Master Sergeant Terry Wade, who coordinated the event, said it was because of the community that the memorial was able to be constructed.

“It came about from a few non-veterans from the local area. No taxpayer money or federal grants funded the memorial. It came from donations,” he said.

Wade, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who retired after 31 years of service, said the memorial was a wonderful way to honor veterans past and present.

“It’s a beautiful memorial. It honors veterans from Mifflin County from the Revolutionary War to the future veterans of other wars,” he said.

Construction on the memorial started on July 26, 2012. The memorial features a statue of a woman kneeling with a flag in front of a Battlefield Cross in remembrance of those lost. Flags representing the Marines, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard encircle the statue. The memorial also includes personalized bricks, purchased by people who wanted to honor their loved ones who served in the armed forces.

Sgt. Maj. Greg Norris, a Pennsylvania Army National Guard veteran of 27 years and a member of Saturday’s color guard, said he felt gratitude to the community for constructing this memorial.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing. It just goes to show how much the community cares about the veterans. We are just glad to be a part of [the ceremony],” he said.

Guest speaker Capt. John W. Lancaster V of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard also gave thanks to the Milroy community in his speech.

Master of Ceremonies Sfc. Robert Zimmerman, 2-112 Infantry (Stryker) Battalion, Pennsylvania National Guard, recognized Mifflin County’s oldest veterans, Dale Pecht and Tony Sininskie.

The memorial is located between Hill Street and old route 322 in Milroy.