Learn about the War Memorial Park Project

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About the Project 

War Memorial Park Committee volunteers, comprised of five local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts and residents have begun working on the "War Memorial Park" project to rehabilitate and repair the existing Veterans Memorial at Old York Road in front of Temple Beth Am and Penn State- Abington dormitory in Abington Township illustrated in the map below. 

When completed the memorial, which is difficult to see due to current landscaping and layout, is underutilized, and in need of repair, will be a tribute to all who are and have served to defend our beloved United States especially those located in Abington Township. The goal of the project is to provide a space for veterans, their families, friends and neighbors to gather and reflect on the sacrifice and perseverance that our loved ones and community members have endured to preserve the American freedom and serve as an everlasting tribute to veterans near and far.

 War Memorial Island

  Location of War Memorial Park                                     War Memorial Park Today  

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    Proposed Park Plans                                                             Example Rendering of Park

 

The project will include a complete renovation of the memorial with the relocation of two existing memorials and the installment of several new tributes. It will also include a reflection pond, landscaping, hardscaping and sitting areas. There will be a monument to pay tribute to each war since World War I, as well as, a statue and monument paying tribute to all military veterans. Examples of the type of tributes can be found below. The total cost of the project will be $200,000.00. 

Although the Township owns the property and is supportive of the project through in-kind services, this project is not a Township effort and will not be funded with Township dollars. This project is being spearheaded by local volunteers who are committed to seeing the space reinvented and it serve as a community space for reflection. Subsequently, the project will be funded through generous public donations, grants and the selling of memorial bricks and benches.

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How to Support the War Memorial

Funds are being collected through several initiatives led by five local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts and community members. Residents who are interested in supporting this project can do so in several ways:

Any size donations can be made in cash or check For those looking to permanently honor a loved one, military unit or civilian organization, engraved bricks and/or a memorial bench can be purchased, which will be used and visible on the site. For those interested in purchasing a brick or bench, please view the applications below. Forms can be mailed to:

  • Abington Township
  • c/o Ed Micciolo, War Memorial Island Committee President
  • 1176 Old York Road
  • Abington, PA 19001 

All checks should be made payable to Abington Township. Please write War Memorial in the memo section.

Please note, that although the Township owns this property and is supportive of the project, this project is being undertaken by local volunteers and organizations and not the Township.

 

Engraved Bricks

Bricks can be purchased for a $100.00 donation (4 x 8) or $150 donation (8 x 8). To purchase a brick please complete and submit the below application. Submission can be made by mailing an application with payment to the above address. Applications can also be submitted electronically to warmemorial@abington.org. No application will be processed until full payment is made. 

Brick Application: CLICK HERE

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Brick Examples. This is NOT what the bricks will look like. The language and design of each brick is CUSTOMIZED by purchaser.

 

 

Memorial Bench

A bench can be purchased for a $5,000.00 donation. To purchase a bench please complete and submit the below application. Submission can be made by mailing an application with payment to the above address. Applications can also be submitted electronically to warmemorial@abington.org. No application will be processed until full payment is made. 

Bench Application: CLICK HERE

 

 

Beef and Beer Fundraiser- May 18th 2019, 7 - 11 PM, North Penn VFW Post 676

War Memorial Island Beef N Beer

 

Downloadable PDF: CLICK HERE