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Adams War Memorial to be dedicated

| Saturday, May 17, 2014, 7:03 p.m.

Southern Butler County residents have a new place to honor veterans this Memorial Day.

Organizers at 2 p.m. on Sunday will dedicate the Adams War Memorial in Adams Township Community Park.

It honors veterans from Adams, Mars, Valencia, Evans City, Callery and Middlesex.

Mars Mayor Gregg Hartung said the memorial is a great way to unify southern Butler County through appreciation of its service members.

“It's important to recognize our veterans, and it's a nice reminder for the folks there that those who served our country are special,” Hartung said.

The memorial, which features 598 bricks engraved with the names of living and deceased military personnel, is a meaningful addition to the township, township Supervisor Linda Lees said.

“It is humbling for any family member of a veteran to have the community join together and build this memorial to the point that would warm their hearts,” Lees said.

Community members have husband and wife Paul and Mary Jane Ford to thank for the memorial, according to Lees.

“Mr. and Mrs. Ford volunteered to begin the process, and without them it wouldn't be as special as it is,” Lees said.

Paul Ford, a veteran, brought the idea to the township supervisors after delivering supplies for a similar memorial in a small town inspired him.

Mary Jane Ford said she and her husband worked on the memorial daily since they began the project in June.

“These people did this. Not Paul and I,” said Ford, whose husband put finishing touches on the memorial last week.

“I feel extremely grateful. Without their help we wouldn't have been able to do it in the length of time that we did it.”

Volunteers and donors have helped from surrounding areas.

Kaclik Builders, a company from Evans City, excavated the site for construction, and County Line Supply Yard in Valencia provided limestone.

Rabold's Nursery in Butler donated bushes and the Douds Bros. Landscaping of Mars volunteered labor.

Akasha Chamberlain is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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