Shoeneck memorial project almost completeHoliday gifts for veterans are available

By on November 30, 2011

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Residents may purchase bricks that pave a Pathway of Honor to service men and women in front of the Schoeneck Veterans Memorial, dedicated in May at its new location.Residents may purchase bricks that pave a Pathway of Honor to service men and women in front of the Schoeneck Veterans Memorial, dedicated in May at its new location.

The beautiful, refurbished and relocated Schoeneck Area Veterans Memorial at the community park entrance depicts the huge personal cost for the freedom we enjoy.

The Schoeneck Veterans Memorial Association (SVMA) desires to put the finishing touches on this fitting memorial to our veterans. Built with no state funding, this $70,000 memorial was talked about for years with the SVMA committee and took shape after committee member Bob Getz was named manager.

Directly in front of the memorial is a brick Pathway of Honor. While many people have dedicated bricks to service men and women, family members, friends, community groups, our great country and for other reasons, opportunities exist for purchase of the remaining available bricks.

Bricks come in two sizes: 4-by-8 inches and 8-by-8 inches. Engraving prices depend on the number of lines a person desires engraved, with prices starting at $50.

The original memorial’s dedication was in September 1947 and featured World War II veterans.

At the memorial’s new location dedication in May, all veterans in attendance received recognition. World War II Schoeneck area veterans received special emphasis.

Schoeneck’s World War II veterans are particularly fortunate because 103 soldiers went to war and all 103 returned. Eleven veterans are living, and eight were able to attend the May dedication.

During taped interviews with surviving World War II Schoeneck area vets, it became clear that returning home was not without enduring extreme hardship.

One World War II vet, a prisoner of war, described all men in his barracks being outside while the barracks was de-loused. As the soldier looked over the edge of a nearby hill, he could see many German tanks sitting idle. The tanks were out of gas.

At that moment, the Shoeneck area prisoner of war knew that liberation surely was near. If he could hold on, he would make it home. When liberation came a short time later, this prisoner of war weighed 85 pounds.

Elaine Hulshizer Bowman, committee member, said, "Nothing touched my heart like this" (the taped interviews with World War II vets).

In addition to dedicating bricks on the Pathway of Honor, other opportunities to support the Schoeneck Veterans Memorial Association are available. These items, especially appropriate for holiday gifts, include:

? A professionally made DVD of the 2011 rededication ceremony

? Large size photos, suitable for framing, of the 1947 dedication ceremony with the Schoeneck area veterans, or a photo of the memorial only from the 1947 dedication service

? Lapel pins (1 1/2 inches long and 3/4 inch wide) in full color showing the memorial

Lapel pins are $5 each; a DVD is $10. Pictures are $25, or two pictures for $40.

In cooperation with the West Cocalico Township Park Board, shade trees and markers are also available for sale.

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