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Mt. Pleasant to dedicate digital wall honoring veterans

| Saturday, May 25, 2013, 10:58 a.m.
A.J. Panian | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Employees of Mt. Pleasant Borough and Klocek Burial Vault in Mt. Pleasant work to unload the the borough's digital veterans' memorial wall from a flatbed at Veterans Park last Friday. A dedication ceremony for the wall is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 26 at the park, according to www.mtpleasantboro.com.
Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Mt. Pleasant officials and a project developer surround the borough's newly installed digital veterans' memorial wall at Veterans Park in the borough. They include (from left) borough Manager Jeff Landy; borough Councilman Larry Tate, chairman of the Veterans Park committee; Shannon Roberts, production manager of ITS Enclosures Inc.; borough Councilman Fred McCloy; and borough Mayor Jerry Lucia last Friday.

The Mt. Pleasant Digital Wall will be dedicated at a special ceremony Sunday.

“I think it's going to be really exciting,” Veteran's Park Chairman Larry Tate said. “I really hope that people take to it the way that they took to the Veterans Wall.”

The digital wall idea was launched after the original wall and the four added panels were all filled with names of local veterans, housing almost 2,000 names.

The digital wall will display a veteran's photo and history of service. It has the capacity to hold thousands of names and histories.

The digital wall houses the technology to create a source that will allow the borough to include any and all veterans who wish to be recognized in the future.

“This is something that no one in the area has,” Mt. Pleasant Borough Manager Jeff Landy said. “In fact, there isn't another one like it in the country.”

The dedication will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the site of the digital wall in Veterans Park.

Mayor Gerald Lucia will serve as the master of ceremonies with remarks being delivered by several area officials and dignitaries.

The keynote speaker will be Lt. Col. Gary Polsinelli and a demonstration of the wall will take place at the program's conclusion.

The digital wall closely resembles the other walls that are in place, blending in with the monuments that have been a part of the park.

“When you drive by and look at it, it doesn't look any different,” Landy said.

The wall holds the history of Mt. Pleasant, the history of past mayors and the history of Veterans Park and soon will start to hold histories of veterans.

“We have a lot of interest,” Tate said. “We haven't put any of the veterans in yet, but we will soon.”

Tate said applications will be available for those who may wish to have a veteran included.

In addition to the histories, the new digital wall will act as a guide to the other walls. Any name typed in to the digital wall that already exists on any of the other granite panels will be easily and quickly located.

“You won't have to stand there and look and look for a name now,” Tate said.

The program will be held rain or shine.

“I think that it turned out great,” Tate said. “This is something that you haven't seen anywhere else and we are proud to have this now for all the veterans who want to be a part of it or for the families who want to have the veterans in their family recognized.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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