Memorial rededication planned on Veterans Day

Shawn Hardy

Two anniversaries will occur at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.

It is 100 years since the armistice ending World War I was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and 10 years since the Greencastle Veterans Memorial was dedicated at the same time, day and month.

This year, a rededication and Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at the memorial outside Greencastle Borough Hall on North Washington Street.

Duane Schroyer, former commander of both Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373 and Harry D. Zeigler VFW Post 6319 and co-chair of the Veterans Memorial Committee from 2006 to 2008, attended Monday night's Greencastle Borough Council meeting to invite members to the ceremony and formally offer the monument to the borough.

Ben Thomas Jr., then Antrim Township administer and now Greencastle mayor, suggested the memorial and co-chaired the committee with Schroyer. Thomas will speak at Sunday's rededication.

Schroyer noted there are actually two monuments at borough hall, an obelisk erected in 1989 by the VFW and American Legion and the Veterans Memorial, installed 10 years ago. The four granite panels of the Veterans Memorial bear the names of the 121 Greencastle-Antrim residents killed from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Borough council is expected to act on the letter accepting formal ownership at its Dec. 3 meeting.

The Legion and VFW will still maintain the monument, cleaning and caring for the area around it and putting up American flags at the appropriate times of year, Schroyer said.

If it rains Sunday, the rededication and Veterans Day ceremony will be held in the American Legion.