In a short but meaningful dedication, the World War II (WWII) monument in Atglen Borough was unveiled and re-dedicated in a pre-Memorial Day celebration last Sunday afternoon.
According to Bill Tennant, who spearheaded the relocation of the monument to the borough's new Gateway Park, and Atglen Mayor Wes Vincent, the event was successful with borough officials, residents and veterans attending the ceremony.
There were also two WWII veterans in attendance whose names grace the monument.
"It was a complete success," said Tennant.
The monument was relocated from in front of the Atglen Fire House on Chester Street to Gateway Park for an estimated $3,000. Tennant said he got the idea to move the monument as a result of the borough's Main Street renovation, which saw the installation of new curbing, sidewalks, trees and streetlights.
Vincent, a veteran of the Vietnam War, was the featured speaker. He said of the WWII veterans, "Even though there was a draft when these men were called to serve their country, most served because they believed they had an obligation to their country."
He said that after serving their country in time of war, the veterans returned "to build this community and our country into this great place we call home, Atglen, Atglen, U.S.A."
"This Gateway Park is a fitting place for this monument of honor," Vincent added. "With the beautification of Main Street, the dedication of our symbol of freedom (this memorial flag by the Hoag family) and this monument is here for everyone to see and to pay their respect.
"When you drive by or walk by or just sit for a while, remember them, maybe even reach out and thank them."
Vincent also praised Tennant for taking the initiative with the relocation of the monument. "I know what (Tennant's) response will be... like these men named on this monument he will say, 'I just did what needed to be done'."
"In the U. S. Navy the highest praise that a sailor can receive is Well, Done," Vincent added. "Bill, a very sincere Well Done."
Pastor Jason Link of Penningtonville Presbyterian Church gave the benediction and the monument was unveiled, and Parkesburg VFW representatives raised the memorial flag as Bill Wilde played Taps.