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.
Location of War Memorial Park
Proposed Park Plans
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.
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, check or online through the project's GoFundMe Page. 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.
The War Memorial Committee Volunteers working on the project have established a GoFundMe Page so that those individuals who may not want to buy a brick or bench can still support this important project. Individuals who would like to support this project can do so by visiting: https://www.gofundme.com/warmemorial
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 or through the project's GoFundMe page. If paying through the GoFundMe Page, please include the same name listed on the application(s) and mail the application to the above address or submit electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. No application will be processed until full payment is made.
Brick Application: CLICK HERE
Brick Examples. This is NOT what the bricks will look like. The language and design of each brick is CUSTOMIZED by purchaser.
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 or through the project's GoFundMe page. If paying through the GoFundMe Page, please include the same name listed on the application(s) and mail the application to the above address or submit electronically to email@example.com. No application will be processed until full payment is made.Bench Application: CLICK HERE