On May 13, 2013 Governor Tom Corbett and a host of local, state and federal dignitaries dedicated the Delaware County Veteran’s Memorial to the men and women of Delaware County who have given the ultimate sacrifice in all of our nation’s wars and conflicts.
A year after the dedication, we took a recent afternoon visit to the Memorial that is really a “must see” if you are in the area. The small, simple but powerful memorial is a fitting tribute to our hero neighbors but also a nice history little lesson of our past conflicts. 18 foote granite columns outline the Wars of the Middle East back to the War of 1812 and Revolutionary War. Read quotes from Presidents and military heroes and see through the eyes of the veterans as you read their words during times of war. The names of fallen soldiers Wounder Warriors, POW’s and heroes of the armed forces are etched in granite panels throughout the memorial.
SYMBOLISM OF THE MEMORIAL
CIRCLE: Symbol of UNITY and INCLUSION
The overall structure of the Memorial is based on the idea of a circle, representing our unity as one Nation under the common ideal of Liberty and Justice for all. The brave men and women honored here, many making the ultimate sacrifice, secured the freedom that we enjoy today by answering the call of duty. We are all included and welcome under the blanket of freedom and protection our Veterans provide.
THE EAGLE: Symbol of FREEDOM and STRENGTH
Majestically perched atop a central pedestal, the alabaster eagle reminds us that we are a free people. The image of the eagle, soaring high and free, embodies the heart and soul of every American. Fighting to overcome tyranny and oppression we won the Revolutionary War and our freedom against impossible odds. Less than one hundred years later, brother fought against brother in a great Civil War. On the brink of ruin, we found the strength to heal our wounds and to reunite as one, indivisible, more perfect, union.
THE PEDESTAL: Symbol of FOUNDATION and KNOWLEDGE
In the Declaration of Independence, our founding fathers set forth the principles upon which they would fight and die. This is our heritage and our foundation. The pedestal is the base of the Memorial and on it we mark these words so that the knowledge of our forefathers will not be lost to future generations. It is from this declaration that a great revolution was ignited and a nation was born.
THE FOUNTAIN: Symbol of LIFE and PEACE
Central to the Memorial is the fountain with its flowing water symbolizing eternal life. It is here that we gather to keep the memory of our Veterans alive forever. In this place we honor them and by our presence we are restored. By the pool of still water, in moments of quiet reflection, the soul can find serenity and through that calmness a sense of renewed faith and peace.
THE WALL OF PRAYERS: Symbol of ENDURANCE and VALOR
The most sacred part of the Memorial is formed by its innermost granite retaining walls. Emblazoned in white on the sleek black stone are the names of Veterans from Newtown Square who answered the call of duty and the names of those Delaware County men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. We honor these local heroes who served, fought and died to defend us. Their valor, whether from the most extraordinary acts of unimaginable bravery or the simple heroism of everyday courage, is evident by their title – Veteran. It is on their shoulders that we stand.
The outer semi-circular backbone of the Memorial is formed by a colonnade consisting of nine towering granite columns, each representing a defining war or conflict in our Nation’s history. These critical events have permanently marked our place as a central character on the world stage. In our very brief time as a Nation, we have shaped not only our country but have also played a significant role in shaping the modern world. Our resolve is clear and will echo throughout time by the words of Veterans now forever etched in stone.
‘LEST WE FORGET’: Symbol of REMEMBRANCE and PROMISE
The inscription, ‘Lest We Forget’, at the apex of the Memorial immortalizes our promise to all Veterans and their families that we will never forget. This is our sacred pledge and with it our never-ending gratitude.
MEMORY URN: A place where a flower, a note, a small object of memory or a written prayer can be placed.
There is an ongoing effort raise money for the maintenance and upkeep of this Delaware County gem.
The Delaware County Veteran’s Memorial is located on West Chester Pike (Rt. 3) and Alice Grim Blvd. in Newtown Square, Edgmont Township