Com­mu­nity day cel­e­bra­tion honors vet­er­ans

The Boyertown Area Times - - NEWS - By Mar­ian Dennis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

“The land of the free and the home of the brave” are not just words that should be re­mem­bered on Me­mo­rial Day or Vet­er­ans Day.

That’s why Pottstown chose to show its sup­port to vet­er­ans by hon­or­ing them in a special cer­e­mony Sat­ur­day dur­ing Vet­er­ans Com­mu­nity Day.

Fol­low­ing wel­com­ing re­marks, three area vet­er­ans were awarded the Glass Tear Hero award. Those vet­er­ans in­cluded Cap­tain Robert C. Boyce of the U.S. Navy, James Sharp­less Gal­loway of the U.S. Army and Frank Strunk of the U.S. Air Force.

“To­day we come to­gether to honor the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of our na­tion’s finest and bravest. We find our­selves gath­ered here to­day to re­flect on this one sen­ti­ment ut­tered many years ago by Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy. ‘As we ex­press our grat­i­tude, we must never for­get that the high­est ap­pre­ci­a­tion is not to ut­ter words but to live by them.’ Words he be­lieved were use­less un­ac­com­pa­nied by ac­tion. That is why we, the many, gather here to honor our vet­er­ans, the few who were so will­ing to give of them­selves for their coun­try,” said Robert A. Mealand, the event’s guest speaker, fol­low­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of awards.

The cer­e­mony con­cluded with a ren­di­tion of “Amaz­ing Grace” by Hamil­ton Celtic Pipe and Drums and the play­ing of “Taps.”

Vet­er­ans Com­mu­nity Day was started three years ago and serves as a fundraiser to help ad­dress the needs of Vet­er­ans Is­land in Me­mo­rial Park.

“We would like peo­ple to be­come aware that we have a great park here and that we’re try­ing to take one sec­tion of the park which we sup­port to keep it ded­i­cated to our vet­er­ans, hope­fully up­grade it.” said Cathy Paretti, co-founder of the Vet­er­ans Is­land Project in Me­mo­rial Park. “It will be a long, long project but we hope peo­ple will come down, see what we’re try­ing to do. We’ll have plans in the new year for the WWII me­mo­rial to kind of fin­ish it off and con­tinue and make it a nice re­lax­ing, re­spect­ful place for peo­ple to come af­ter they’ve en­joyed a ball­game.”

The goal, says Paretti, is to have an or­ga­ni­za­tion work­ing with the bor­ough but fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent of it, rais­ing funds on its own to more quickly ad­dress the needs of the is­land.

Fol­low­ing Sat­ur­day’s cer­e­mony, guests were in­vited to an­other area of the park to en­joy food and bev­er­ages of­fered for sale by Spring City Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 602.

To keep up to date on the changes, visit the Vet­er­ans Is­land Project Face­book page.

Robert C. Boyce was one of three re­cip­i­ents of the Glass Tear Hero Award Sat­ur­day.

Frank Strunk says a few words af­ter be­ing hon­ored with the Glass Tear Hero Award on Sat­ur­day. The cer­e­mony, held in Me­mo­rial Park, hon­ored lo­cal vet­er­ans for their ser­vice.

Hamil­ton Celtic Pipe and Drums per­forms “Amaz­ing Grace” dur­ing a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing vet­er­ans Sat­ur­day in Me­mo­rial Park in Pottstown.

To con­clude the cer­e­mony for Vet­er­ans Com­mu­nity Day in Pottstown, “Taps” was played in Me­mo­rial Park.

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