Honoring the path to freedom

By on November 16, 2016
Visitors to the Veterans Day Luminary Tribute Friday walk beneath the flag flown by an Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company ladder truck on the Winters Memorial Trail. Photo by Stan Hall

Visitors to the Veterans Day Luminary Tribute Friday walk beneath the flag flown by an Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company ladder truck on the Winters Memorial Trail. Photo by Stan Hall

On a near-perfect Veterans Day evening, the DEI Winters Leadership Memorial Committee once again hosted a luminary tribute to those who died in combat while serving the country.

Approximately 800 luminaries were placed at the site of Ephrata’s Veterans Plaza and along the Winters Memorial Trail. The luminaries represent those with bricks in Veterans Plaza and donors of the project. The Luminary Tribute honors the nearly 850,000 men and women who have given their lives in combat since the Revolutionary War.

The trail was illuminated with the help of community volunteers including members of Boy Scout Troop 38 and Venture Crew 38. Additionally, the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company supported the event by flying an American Flag over the trail.

Bountiful Feast food truck was on hand with hot drinks and food and Woodcrest Audio provided music to add to the patriotic and festive atmosphere.

The community was also invited to visit nearby VFW Post 3376 afterward for its open house, which was held that day from noon to midnight, and enjoy refreshments and conversation with area veterans. There was also a dedication ceremony there for the new mural along the Fulton Street side of the building.

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