Downingtown Veterans' Memorial History!
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The Downingtown Veterans Memorial Fund Committee's mission is to erect a Downingtown Area Veterans' Memorial, which incorporates a permanent honor roll of those Downingtown citizens who answered their nation's call to battle from World War I to the Persian Gulf War.
The memorial will be a piece of history that will educate future generations of Downingtown citizens.
Collecting the names of Veterans remains the greatest challenge. The committee is looking to the community to provide information about qualified Veterans; become active in the effort; and to fund the memorial.
To be eligible, Veterans must match and provide documentation for the following criteria:
- Resident of the Downingtown area at the time of induction into the service. The municipalities included are: Downingtown Borough, East Brandywine , East Caln , Upper Uwchlan , Uwchlan, Wallace and West Bradford Township.
Downingtown Area School District Map.
- Military service during the times of war from World War I through the Persian Gulf War.
The Downingtown Area Veterans' Committee meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Downingtown VFW Post.
"Everyone has a name. It is our identification.
It is by what we are recognized. It is personal.
It is names, which turn a grassy plot and ordinary stones into a memorial with character and meaning.
As you read the names, You will rekindle memories of laughter; memories of sadness.
You will relive parts of your past:
'Remember when he…,'
'Remember when we…,'
'I wonder where….'
A bare, cold stone could not generate such emotion."
By Ron Edgington, Avon Grove Veterans' Memorial