Ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony set Sun­day

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dan Sokil dsokil@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Dan­sokil on Twit­ter

TOWAMENCIN >> Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to help com­mem­o­rate lo­cal vet­er­ans by for­mally ded­i­cat­ing a lo­cal land­mark.

At 1 p.m. on Sun­day, Nov. 11, the Towamencin Town­ship Vet­er­ans Com­mit­tee, along with lo­cal Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 933, will hold a short ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony for its newly des­ig­nated “Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Park.”

The park is lo­cated off Al­len­town Road just west of the Towamencin Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter, and the town­ship’s su­per­vi­sors

have dis­cussed for much of this year how to prop­erly honor roughly a dozen Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War vet­er­ans buried there.

A town­ship vet­er­ans com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished around 2007 and had orig­i­nally planned to con­vert Fire­house Park near Bus­tard Road into a me­mo­rial for vet­er­ans, but those plans were put on hold due to con­struc­tion on the nearby North­east Ex­ten­sion of the Penn­syl­va­nia Turn­pike.

In May 2018, the town­ship asked for lo­cal vet­er­ans to re­vive the com­mit­tee, and that com­mit­tee rec­om­mended over the sum­mer that the “Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Park” des­ig­na­tion be shifted to the Ten­nis-Lukens prop­erty, a roughly 11-acre par­cel of open space ad­ja­cent to a roughly half-acre ceme­tery.

Guests plan­ning to at­tend

the cer­e­mony are asked to park at the shop­ping cen­ter, near the for­mer Sears store, and walk down the drive­way to the paved path along Al­len­town Road that leads to the ad­ja­cent Ten­nis-Lukens Ceme­tery where the cer­e­mony will take place.

The cer­e­mony date of Nov. 11 com­mem­o­rates the

100th an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice end­ing hos­til­i­ties of the First World War. Congress changed the name of the November 11th Ar­mistice Day holiday to Vet­er­ans Day in 1954, reded­i­cat­ing the day to the mem­ory of the ser­vice per­son­nel of all wars of the United States, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the town­ship.

Ex­pected speak­ers in­clude town­ship su­per­vi­sors and U.S. Marine Corps vet­eran Rich Marino, Chap­lain and U.S. Army vet­eran John Hedrick, Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 933 Com­man­der and U.S. Navy vet­eran Greg Walpole, and town­ship su­per­vi­sor and navy vet­eran Jim Sinz. Af­ter an in­vo­ca­tion, re­marks, and a ded­i­ca­tion and place­ment of roses, “Taps” will be played by lo­cal Ea­gle Scout Hay­den MacKay of Troop 141 of Hat­field, ac­cord­ing to the town­ship.


Over­head im­age of Towamencin’s Ten­nis-Lukens open space and ceme­tery, high­lighted in green, ad­ja­cent to the Towamencin Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter on Al­len­town Road. Im­age cour­tesy of Towamencin Town­ship.


A sign in­di­cates the en­trance to the Ten­nis-Lukens Ceme­tery off of Al­len­town Road in Towamencin.

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