Millersville has launched an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to honor veterans who served in the U.S. military by buying a brick to help build the Millersville Veterans Memorial, which is a tribute to all the men and women who have served the U.S. This memorial is a collaborative project of the Millersville 250 initiative, the Millersville Area Historical Society and the Borough of Millersville.
To share in the building of this venture, just purchase an engraved brick in honor of veterans or children, parents, etc. Bricks engraved with two lines of text are $40 and $50 for three lines. If a brick is purchased in honor of a veteran, the brick will be ironstone black. Otherwise, non-veteran bricks are a taupe-like color. Another way to participate is to make a donation to the project. All the monies generated from either donations or purchases will go towards the building and/or enhancement of the memorial. Over 300 bricks have already been ordered, and about $45,000 has been raised thus far.
“The idea for the project came about two years ago, when the Millersville borough held its 250 year anniversary celebration,” stated Steve DiGuiseppe, executive to the VP of administration and community relations and also a co-chair of the Veterans Memorial. “A project committee was formed thereafter because the Millersville community wanted to contribute and perpetuate the celebration of Millersville, particularly veterans and what they have done in service of the U.S.”
The new memorial will be dedicated to the veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and Merchant Marines. This memorial will feature a 2,000 brick courtyard, benches, flagpoles, a special stonewall monument, lights, landscaping and plaques. It will be located in Millersville Borough’s Freedom Memorial Park on Shertzer Lane.
Construction will commence over the summer, and a dedication ceremony is scheduled for Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2013. The ceremony will include a tribute, 21-gun salute, and presentation of the colors, different veterans groups and speakers to give thanks and recognize the veterans past, present and future services.
For additional information and updates pertaining to the project, visit the Millersville Veterans Memorial or call 717-872-3352 for a brochure.