Construction begins on Veterans Square Monument

The Veterans Square Foundation, creators of Veterans Square Monument, implemented a 20/20 Project last month to raise $20,000 in 20 days, and it was very successful. Enough so that the foundation was able to begin construction on June 9th to build Veterans Square Monument after six years of design, planning and fundraising.

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Scenes from the Vietnam Veterans Flag Memorial

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Veterans Benefit Fair to be held July 12th

The Albert R. Atkinson, Jr. American legion Post 210, located at 315 North Street in Doylestown, will be hosting a Veterans Benefit Fair on Saturday, July 12th, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. All veterans who served in the US military at any time are invited to attend and obtain comprehensive information about support services available to them.

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Who are you carrying? Yardley Borough welcomes ‘Carry the Load’ national relay

by June Portnoy

Who do you “carry” on Memorial Day? Is it a Marine who gave his life serving this country? A firefighter killed rescuing a family from a burning building? Perhaps a police officer killed in the line of duty? Several hundred people asked themselves that question as they congregated in Yardley Borough by the Veterans Memorial at River Road and Afton Avenue on Thursday, May 1st to offer a warm welcome to Carry the Load, a 2,000-mile national relay raising awareness of the true meaning of Memorial Day.

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Annual Memorial Day Service at Washington Crossing Cemetery

On Monday, May 26th at 11:00am, a Memorial Day observance will be conducted at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown.

In addition to honoring the dead of all American wars, the ceremonies, hosted by the Guardians of the National Cemetery, will be honoring veterans and thanking their families for the freedom they and all veterans have secured for us through many generations of valiant service to the county.

The ceremonies will begin sharply at 11:00am, and are expected to last approximately 45 minutes.

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Cantus Novus to honor veterans, armed forces and first responders

Cantus Novus, an auditioned chamber choir under the leadership of Artistic Director W. Edward McCall, honors and recognizes veterans, members of the armed forces and first responders at two concerts in May. “Coming Home…to Celebrate Peace” shows their gratitude for the heroic service of armed forces, including both veterans and active duty personnel in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, and dedicated first responders including police, fire and ambulance.

“We are taking our audience on a journey of reflection and redemption,” explains Mr. McCall. “The power of music to convey both sadness and joy is incomparable.”

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Bids now being accepted for Veterans Square Monument!

The Veterans Square Foundation is in the process of accepting bids for Veterans Square Monument which will be constructed – and hopefully completed – this summer, if we have enough funding!  This is our last call to be a part of a community monument.  You can purchase a Freedom Paver as part of our Stepping Stone Campaign to have your family, a veteran, your business or organization recognized in Veterans Square Monument.  The pavers start at $125 for a 4 by 8″ brick.  Please see the attached brochure for details or other options.

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Veterans Advisory Council

The Veterans Advisory Council (VAC) is a single-point Veteran information and advice resource for Lower Southampton residents and veterans, municipal agencies, and the Board of Supervisors. The VAC either has the information, or access to information needed by these entities. The VAC tracks and distributes information about local, county, state and federal Veteran resources and events. The VAC works closely with other Veteran organizations and offices to gather and provide information.

The Veterans Advisory Council meets in a public meeting at 7:00pm the first Tuesday of each month. The public is encouraged to attend at the Lower Southampton Township Municipal Center, 1500 Desire Avenue, Lower Southampton. Call 267-982-2199 for more information.

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United Veterans of Doylestown

The United Veterans of Doylestown (UVD) was established in 2005 to conduct patriotic events on behalf of the Borough of Doylestown, the primary event being the annual Memorial Day parade. The UVD consists of the senior officers from American Legion Post 210, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 17, Central Bucks Detachment Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 175, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 210.

This coming year will be the 148th edition of the parade, making it the oldest Memorial Day parade in the country. The parade always starts at 10:00am on Memorial Day and winds its way through Doylestown streets and concludes with a memorial service at the Doylestown Cemetery.

For more information on the 2014 parade, interested individuals and organizations should visit UVD’s website, www.unitedveteransofdoylestown.org

E-mails should be sent to the Parade Marshal, Jim McComb at jim_mccomb@verizon.net. Inquiries can also be sent via regular mail to the Parade Marshal at PO Box 31, Doylestown PA 18901.

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The Travis Manion Foundation: ‘If Not Me, Then Who…’

Special to the Doylestown Observer

Shortly after the death of 1st Lt. Travis Manion in Iraq on April 29th, 2007, the fallen Marine’s mother, the late Janet Manion, founded the Travis Manion Foundation to assist our nation’s veterans and families of the fallen. Headquartered in Doylestown, the Foundation is focused on empowering the nation’s veterans and families of the fallen.

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