GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Mechanicsburg resident Andrew Adam’s love of veterans inspired him to create Unity Park in Gettysburg.
His effort earned him Central Penn Parent Magazine’s Caped Crusader award for November.
Unity Park uses new technology to highlight communications from 150 years ago.
“Not a lot of people remember the communications from the Civil War and it’s also a way to acknowledge the other people that serve and in a way what they’ve done because from their generation to now.” Adam said.
The Cumberland Valley High School junior, and now Eagle Scout, who’s also a member of Venture Crew 1863 of Lancaster, and a Civil War reenactor, raised the $200,000 in financial and in-kind donations from the local community for that project with many features.
“Although there are four, there are two pathways that lead the middle and one represents the north, one the south and they refer to unity. That statue in fact, has some unity.” Adam said.
Adam worked with the Gettysburg School District, using part of its property to construct Unity Park and the statue. The district will take care of the site.
“During the whole process, he had a vision that this plot of land would be seen as a unity, a place where people can come together,” Dr. Larry Redding, Superintendent of Gettysburg School District, said.
The project also built relationships.
“I got to work with both the north and the south, Republicans and Democrats, and I did get them to agree on something. I got to work with blacks and whites. All of America came together on this and they were able to see the opportunity in me and what I was going to accomplish. And I brought so many people together,” Adam said.
So why the name Unity Park?
The Adam family shared when music was played at times during the Civil War, the fighting stopped. Thus, unity.
The park took two years to complete.
Adam plans on studying pre-med in college.
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