Funding still being sought to complete Tri-Town honor roll

| Friday, March 29, 2013, 6:06 p.m.

While a new monument to honor veterans from Dawson and Lower Tyrone is scheduled for completion this summer, names and funds are still being sought to complete the project.

The effort to establish a new honor roll was begun last spring by the Honor Roll Committee, which is under the auspices of the Tri-Town Area Historical Society. Since then, the group has raised about $23,000 toward construction of the new monument and restoration of two existing monuments in the center of Dawson.

“We have ordered the granite stone, but we are still fundraising because we still have about $7,000 to raise,” said co-chairperson Roy Hess.

The new honor roll will be designed similarly to the World War I and World War II honor rolls currently in place. Originally, the new roll was to be adorned with the names of Vietnam and Korean War veterans of Dawson and Lower Tyrone, but Hess said the committee has made changes to include more veterans.

“We've expanded our field of veterans to include the Cold War era, the time between the end of World War II and Dec. 26, 1991. There is so much overlap in those eras, not like with World War I and World War II where you had a declaration of war and an official end of war,” Hess said. “We decided to do that because if these guys don't get their name on the honor roll while we are doing this, it will never happen.”

The committee is still accepting names of those who served to be placed on the new honor roll. Hess is asking that anyone who knows of someone who lived in Dawson or Lower Tyrone when they entered the service during those eras to call him at 724-529-7298. Listing the name is free, but once the plate is cast there will be a fee of at least $150 to add a name.

The official dedication for the honor roll has been set for Aug. 31. To help raise the rest of the funds needed for the monument, the committee is selling ad space in a dedication booklet that will be sold at the ceremony. Ads are $25 for one-eighth of a page, $60 for one-quarter page, $100 for a half-page and $150 for a full page. Tri-Town Historical Society President Patty Lint said ad space is available for businesses or for families of veterans.

“We are hoping that those who have put their loved ones' names on the honor roll might want to put an ad in with a photo of their loved one,” Lint said.

Families also can purchase a memorial line to honor their loved one in the booklet for $10 each.

Treasurer Claudia Hiles said the penny campaign is still going strong and is encouraging all ages to donate their pennies to the cause.

“Most people have pennies laying around the house or the kids may have some pennies. It's an easy way to donate to the cause. We've had little ones come with pennies and we've had people just drop off bags full of pennies,” Hiles said. “We will take anything, it doesn't matter. Any donation they would like to give from small to big we would appreciate.”

To add a name to the honor roll, purchase an ad or make a donation, call Hess at 724-529-7298. Donations can be mailed to the Tri-Town Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 1872, Dawson, PA 15428. Write “for the Honor Roll” in the memo section of the donation check.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.

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