A flag-raising ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. June 15 at the future site for the Brownsville Area Military Honor Roll in Snowden Square.
Hosted the day after Flag Day to allow more people to attend, the ceremony will include the band from the American Legion in Carmichaels, members of Vietnam Veterans Inc, American Legion Post 295 in Brownsville and American Legion in West Brownsville. Post 295 will be open to the public.
“We’re excited because the public can see some real progress,’’ said Eadi Zetty, a member of the honor roll committee.
Work is expected to begin later this year on the honor roll, which will feature five upright monuments engraved with names of local service members from within the Brownsville Area School District who were killed in action or missing in action from World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and war in the Middle East.
Surrounding these will be a walkway of commemorative bricks engraved with any U.S. service member’s name, rank, branch of the military and years of service. Bricks can be purchased to honor any individual service member, living or deceased. Honorees don’t have to have served in combat or be from the Brownsville area.
Benches will be installed between the monuments and a flagpole in the center will fly the American, prisoner of war (POW)and missing in action (MIA) flags.
As of now, Zetty said cement has been poured for the bases and the flag pole installed. Zetty said the committee accepted delivery of the first 106 commemorative bricks that will be installed after the monuments go in.
Donations for the honor roll can be sent to P.O. Box 636, Brownsville, PA 15417. For information on purchasing bricks, send an email to email@example.com.