ANNVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial is a big part of the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. It was donated in 2001 at a time when the nation really needed to come together. Now, the Gap needs you to come together to keep the memorial looking great.
“When you come in the main road into Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, that is the biggest building that you see on your entrance,” said Chief of Veterans Service and Programs Brian Natali, “It is absolutely the centerpiece.”
The memorial is a beautiful shrine to our country’s heroes. It’s the largest of its kind at any national cemetery.
“It is the site of interments for dignitaries that may be interred in the national cemetery,” Natali said. “It is also the location of the cemetery’s Memorial Day program each year, Veterans Day program each year, and also Wreaths Across America.”
It cost $6 million to build and has become the focal point of the cemetery, but it costs money to keep the memorial looking great, everything from cutting the grass to making repairs.
The Gap tried to get assistance from the state, but the budget wouldn’t allow for it. That’s why it’s turning to the public.
You can purchase a cruciform to honor a loved one, buy a replica of the memorial, or simply write a check.
“We’ve gotten $25,000 in donations over the last five years, which is nowhere near enough to operate for one year, but it is certainly appreciated,” Natali said. “We’ll take anything anyone wants to donate and put it to good use.”
One example of the repairs include cracks along the stone and calcium build-up on the walls. It may seem like minor repairs, but for the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice, it’s worth it.
For more information on how you can help, visit the Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial website.