Lower Tyrone Men's organization helping with Dawson Honor Roll
The Lower Tyrone Men have rallied around member and friend Roy Hess to help him raise funds to complete an honor roll that will be erected in Dawson.
The Lower Tyrone Men meet on the months of the year that begin with an A, said member Ron Enos. That means they meet twice a year.
“We are all getting too old and its easier to remember,” Enos said.
Hess and John Pyda are co-chairmen of the Dawson Honor Roll Committee.
“I put together a DVD with all the photos that I have gathered,” Enos said of the DVD that features 173 photos from the Tri-Town (Dawson, Liberty, Vanderbilt) and Lower Tyrone areas. They are now selling the DVD as a way to generate funding for the honor roll.
“We took some, we gathered some and we stole some,” Enos said with a laugh about the dozens of photos that show the areas from years gone by. “We got photos from all over the area.”
Hess has been working on the new honor roll for months, planning to add it to the site in Dawson that already houses World War I and World War II honor rolls.
“This honor roll will be for Korean, Vietnam and veterans from the Cold War eras,” Hess said. “It will actually match the WWII honor roll.”
Ground has been broken and a footer was laid to start the honor roll, but more funding is needed to complete the project, which will feature 177 names of veterans from that area.
Hess said they have held other fundraisers, like “The Mile of Pennies” that generated several thousand dollars. He hopes the sales of the DVDs will be strong.
Hess said the committee began gathering names for the honor roll several months ago and is no longer accepting them.
“We put up ads in the post office and it was word of mouth mostly that got us our information,” Hess said. “Some people have moved and others have passed on, so it was hard to get information; that's why it's taken a year. It's been difficult to get the information, but we are happy with what we were able to get.”
Hess said the committee plans to have the honor roll dedicated on Aug. 31. He hopes the sales of the DVDs, which have been strong, continue.
“This DVD has some great old, old, old photos,” Hess said. “They will bring back a lot of memories for people.”
Hess and the Honor Roll Committee will be selling the DVDs at Dawson Days, June 1 and 2, or call Hess at 724-529-7298 to order a copy.
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.