A new veterans memorial was unveiled in Delaware County on Saturday.
Hundreds turned out on a cold Veterans Day morning to attend the dedication of the “Freedom Is Not Free” Veterans Memorial at Baum Park in Manchester.
That’s past Manchester American Legion Commander Ron Struble, who helped plan the project for the past two-plus years with fellow veterans, the City and other volunteers. The memorial was the idea of one of the area’s oldest veterans, Dr. John Tyrrell, who served our country during World War Two. Veteran Todd Tomlin was among those who helped bring Dr. Tyrrell’s vision to life.
The memorial features five granite monuments that tower twelve feet above a circular granite plaza, commemorating the five branches of the armed services.
Two granite walls remember the names of those who have served our country. Five hundred names are etched on the wall already, with room to add many more. And granite pavers create the inner plaza circle that carries the names of donors who have made the memorial possible.
Stone benches are also part of the memorial, allowing visitors the opportunity to sit and reflect. Manchester veteran Roger Bries took a seat on one of those benches after the dedication, patiently scanning through the names of veterans etched on the wall, looking for his own name.
Bries says he appreciates this new memorial that honors the sacrifices he and so many others have made. Manchester veteran Tom Allyn agrees.
If you would like to honor a veteran by including their name on the wall, you can contact Community Savings Bank in Manchester.
(photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)