Help needed to build veterans park in Hampden Township

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Veterans Memorial Park is being built in Hampden Township, but help is needed to get the job done.

It is located across the Giant off of Wertzville Road, and about a quarter-mile walk from the parking lot.

“I can’t tell you how exciting and meaningful it is. We started with a raw piece of ground that quite honestly we didn’t even have access to,” said Bob Weed, treasurer of the Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee.

The committee works to recognize those who served our country.

“What we wanted was something that was right for our community, so we think we designed that. We think we’re there,” committee member Gary Coburn said.

Now, plans to build a memorial are underway.

“The design we picked is an amphitheater design surrounded by six flags representing each branch of the service and anchored by the American flag in the center,” Weed said.

Phase one was completed in August. Phase two is the memorial itself. That’s where you come in.

“We’ve offered the citizens of the community the opportunity to buy a paver to recognize the veterans in their family, a military unit, a friend, or anybody they want to single out,” Coburn said.

It’s an opportunity for everyone to have ownership in the $1 million project and a way to keep taxpayer dollars out of the picture.

The memorial is expected to be built by spring. After that, they plan on building a one-mile walking path.

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