There is an effort to building a monument to those that served in the military at Miles Park in Lafayette Hill. There is an event on Wednesday, November 11th at 10:00 a.m. at Miles Park to unveil the plans. Below is a press release from the organization behind it:
The Veterans Monument Foundation of Whitemarsh will unveil plans to build “Heroes’ Ground” at Miles Park. On Wednesday, November 11th – Veterans Day – at 10 am, members of the Foundation will gather at the corner of Germantown Pike and Joshua Road where the proposed monument, honoring all military branches of service, will be constructed.
Several years ago a group of residents invited veterans to meet and discuss their ideas for this project. Their responses described a monument which provided a place to remember those we lost, reflect on the sacrifices of the members of the military and their families and educate future generations about our local history. After creating a non-profit organization, consulting with local design firms and approaching the Township for use of the park, these residents are eager to bring this project to the public.
“We need the financial support individuals and businesses to assist us in creating this extraordinary monument in the center of Whitemarsh,” said Sara Erlbaum, President of the Foundation. “Currently, we don’t have a place in our community to gather on Veterans Day or Memorial Day to honor and remember those who served. We owe it to our veterans to create Heroes’ Ground.”
The monument will consist of a circular area with flags representing each of the five branches of service and the American flag in the center. Stairs leading from the corner of Germantown Pike and Joshua Road will provide accessibility to the monument. A peace garden with benches and mounds, which represent the military’s need to fight for higher ground, will provide a quiet place to reflect. A bell area will adorn the pathway along Joshua Road.
The monument will honor all those who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The members of the Foundation plan to include educational exhibits that provide information about the history of Whitemarsh and the surrounding area as well as information about the branches of service and military conflicts.
Tax deductible donations for the construction of Heroes’ Ground should be sent to the Veterans Monument Foundation of Whitemarsh, P.O. Box 616, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444. For more information about the monument or to donate online, visit www.whitemarshvetmonument.org.