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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Coudersport Military Memorial Wall Dedicated

Coudersport Gathers
To Honor Generations Of Veterans
Photo by Curt Weinhold www.pbase.com/cwphoto

Hundreds of Coudersport area men and women have served their nation as members of the military.

Now, their service is recognized in a very public way.
American Legion Post 192 has completed work on its military honor roll in downtown Coudersport.

On Veterans Day, dozens of people gathered in front of the wall at the Coudersport Arboretum for a dedication ceremony.


"This is our contribution to freedom," said Ralph Caldwell, pointing to the hundreds of names spanning the Civil War through active-duty personnel.

From advocacy and fund-raising, to steering the project through a maze of approvals, Caldwell has seen his dream take shape.

Sturdy and attractive redwood framing, custom built by Calvin Horning, was erected and wooden panels were prepared.

Meanwhile, Caldwell conferred with local historian Bob Currin and logged many hours at the Potter County Historical Society Museum, compiling lists of names to be recognized through one of the most ambitious projects in Post 192 history.

That is a continuing process, Caldwell pointed out at Tuesday's ceremony. He said more than 50 names have just recently been added. Anyone with additional names to be included should contact Caldwell at 274-7343.

Anyone who served in the military from the Coudersport Area School District, as defined by today's boundaries, is eligible for inclusion.

Guest of honor at the ceremony was Michael Lajcsak, a former prisoner during World War II.

George Locke, on behalf of Post 192, exchanged salutes with veterans from each branch of the U.S. military: John Orlowski, Army; Jim Boothby, Air Force; Buck Hayes, Coast Guard; Vic Corneliussen, Navy; Dan Counts, Marines.
Photo contributed
Here is a shot of Ralph Caldwell thanking all those
who helped to make the wall a reality, as guest
of honor Michael Lajcsak, a prisoner of war
during World War II, looks on.


Photo contributed

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

i think that its pretty cool that they have done that