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.   
 
If you know a veteran who lived in Lower Makefield or Yardley at any time in his/her life, we will engrave his/her name on our Wall of Honor at no charge.   Details are also on the attached brochure.  
 
Deadline for both is April 17th, 2014!
 
If you know a mason or contractor who might like to work with a veterans cause and build our monument, it’s not too late.  Have them view our website for the bid documents www.VeteransSquare.org.  Bids are due May 1st.
 
Thank you for helping us honor those who make freedom possible for all!

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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.

The words Travis spoke before leaving for his second and final deployment to Iraq – “If not me, then who…” – have inspired a national movement that is growing rapidly. Veterans and families of the fallen are spearheading this movement to build a nation of heroes in which character, leadership and service are in action every day.

The Travis Manion Foundation engages with veterans and families of the fallen in all stages of their personal journeys and offers them unique opportunities to empower them to achieve their goals. Through the Mentoring and Advocacy Program, Expeditions, the Ambassador Corps, and the 9/11 Heroes Run, veterans and families of the fallen are leading in their communities. They are challenging themselves and others to continue the service to community and country exemplified by the nation’s fallen heroes and veterans.

The Travis Manion Foundation believes that the best way to honor the fallen is by challenging the living. Learn more about how you can honor the fallen and get involved by visiting www.travismanion.org.

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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.

The words Travis spoke before leaving for his second and final deployment to Iraq – “If not me, then who…” – have inspired a national movement that is growing rapidly. Veterans and families of the fallen are spearheading this movement to build a nation of heroes in which character, leadership and service are in action every day.

The Travis Manion Foundation engages with veterans and families of the fallen in all stages of their personal journeys and offers them unique opportunities to empower them to achieve their goals. Through the Mentoring and Advocacy Program, Expeditions, the Ambassador Corps, and the 9/11 Heroes Run, veterans and families of the fallen are leading in their communities. They are challenging themselves and others to continue the service to community and country exemplified by the nation’s fallen heroes and veterans.

The Travis Manion Foundation believes that the best way to honor the fallen is by challenging the living. Learn more about how you can honor the fallen and get involved by visiting www.travismanion.org.

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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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Christmas tree sales supplement Yardley Sons of the American Legion veterans and programs

 

The Christmas season is a time to celebrate age-old memories and traditions. One of these traditions is built on a small lot perched on South Main Street in Yardley, selling Christmas trees by the Yardley Sons of the American Legion (SAL).

On Thanksgiving morning, volunteers from the SAL get out of bed early in order to assemble 200 feet of fencing that surrounds the tree lot, before hunkering down to watch football and indulge in turkey and all the fixings.

Multi-colored lights are strung, tree stands put into place, and the lot prepared for the arrival of trees. It can be stressful, but it gets done because it is the right thing to do. It’s the right cause.

“No one is paid so that all profits from the sale go back to veterans and Legion programs,” said Rich Cole. He also stated that, “This is the SAL’s most widely publicized and most time-consuming fundraiser of the year.”

The SAL also praised the New True Line Fence Company for donating the fencing.

“It’s low overhead and volunteerism that really make the tree sale thrive from year to year. It’s money that they don’t have to spend, which can go towards the veterans,” said SAL Commander Jeff Lippincott.

Bill Tropia, past Commander of the Knowles-Doyle American Legion Post 317, said, “The Christmas tree sale is just one more example of how the SAL raise funds to support veterans and to serve citizens of this community. Although they work tirelessly for us, they do so with little fanfare or recognition.”

As in years past the SAL has an assortment of Douglas firs, Frasier firs and Grand Noble trees. Along with the trees the group also sells wreaths and grave blankets.

The trees cost anywhere from $25-$75, and the wreaths and grave blankets are from $10-$35.

SAL is an extension of the American Legion and is limited to male descendants of individuals who have served in the United States armed forces. The American Legion Auxiliary, the SAL’s sister organization is designed for the female descendants of military veterans.

The hours of operation for the SAL tree sale are Fridays 6:00-9:00pm, Saturdays 8:00am to 8:00pm, and Sundays 8:00am to 6:00pm. The American Legion is located at 215 S. Main Street, Yardley.

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Sixth Annual Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run honors the military and first responders

Six years ago, the Travis Manion Foundation established its 9/11 Heroes Run at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church’s parking lot in Doylestown with just a few hundred runners. Fast-forward to September 25th, 2013, the sixth annual 9/11 Heroes Run is now held at Fonthill Park due to an outpouring of support from several thousand people in attendance. This year, over 1,800 runners participated in this Doylestown race.

According to Ryan Manion, President of the Travis Manion Foundation, this event has become “very grassroots in nature.” “After our first race, volunteers from other communities approached us asking for our assistance in how they too could establish an event like ours in their hometown.”

Today it has grown so significantly that the 9/11 Heroes Run is currently held in 53 locations worldwide as far away as Japan and Guam. It is estimated that a total of 50,000 people, including participants, runners and volunteers, took part in these races this year. 

The goal of the event, which always falls the week before or after 9/11, is to never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of September 11th, as well as in the wars since.  It honors the military, veterans, first responders and civilians. It was inspired by the Travis Manion Foundation’s mission to assist the nation’s veterans and the families of the fallen heroes.

Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion was one of those fallen heroes. During his second tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was fatally wounded at age 26 by an enemy sniper while aiding and drawing fire away from his wounded comrades. His selfless actions allowed every member of his patrol to survive.

“When my Uncle Chris became Doylestown’s race director, he requested that proceeds from this race go to military and first responder charities,” adds Ryan, Travis’ sister.

Large portions of the proceeds raised stay in the host race communities. This year’s Doylestown 9/11 Heroes Run benefited Habitat of Humanity of Bucks County and the Doylestown Fire Company. The remaining proceeds go toward funding The Travis Manion Foundation, which provides transition assistance, education funding and healing and grief support to veterans and survivors of Fallen Heroes.

During the opening ceremony, Chris Manion described Travis as “exemplifying the spirit of service that is so common in our military, in our first responders, in our police force and in our firefighters.”

Ryan addressed the crowd, saying, “Know that you are part of a movement that now spans over 50 locations around the world, and know that it started right here with your support.”

Said Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, “Everything we have, the car we drove to get here, the home we slept in last night, the schools we send our children to, we have them in a free country due to the service and sacrifice of the many men and women who serve us in the volunteer forces in the military, in the emergency services, and also due to their families who wait at home for their return. 

“This day is about remembering their sacrifices and thanking those who have served.”

Several Wounded Warriors from the Walter Reed National Military Memorial Center stood up and were honored with much applause. Florence Kowoczka, Executive Director for Habitat of Humanity for Bucks County, described how her organization is currently building townhouses for two marines, one of whom is also a Purple Heart recipient.

For more information about the Travis Manion Foundation, visit www.travismanion.org.

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Township holds ‘Flag Disposal Ceremony’

 

Northampton Township held its annual Flag Day “Flag Disposal Ceremony” on June 14th. Township Veterans Advisory Committee and Marine Corps League member Pete Palestina was the coordinator and MC for the event. Featured speakers were Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick and Bucks County Veterans Affairs Director Dan Fraley.

Hailey Brown sang the National Anthem and Marine Corps League Patriot Detachment 1230 provided the Color Guard. Boy Scout Troop 5, Churchville, led by Scoutmaster Tim Hough ceremonially retired the many flags brought there for disposal. The BucksMont Squires of Song entertained attendees with patriotic songs.

Also in attendance were WWII veterans Fred Caldwell (pictured left) and Henry Apice (right).

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