Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association board president Guy Fizzano informed Pennsylvania’s Rotary Club of Newtown Square of the success of the 2014 Freedom Medal Honors event to fund operating expenses of the memorial for a year. He also said to save the date of Nov. 12 for the annual dinner at the Springfield Country Club. They promise a shorter program and more entertainment. The 2015 Freedom Medal honorees will be announced at a later date.
A new development for the Pennsylvania memorial during this first year since the dedication is an extensive education program, under the direction of founding member Linda Mattia Houldin, in partnership with the Delaware County Historical Society and Veteran organizations. The Education Committee will host over 500 students in the classroom and on-site at the memorial, from grade one through high school in all participating districts and open to home, charter, cyber and home schoolers. Recently, the program extended to the college level, with West Chester University students of history professor Robert Kodosky, and will soon add Rosemont College and Delaware County Community College.
Other updates included preliminary plans for phase two and a monthly flag ceremony.
Fizzano thanked the efforts of the Newtown Square Rotary on behalf of the board of directors for its past financial contribution with a prominently displayed engraving at the memorial.
He also thanked the many members of the Rotary, including World War II veteran and businessman Sam Coco and recently passed veteran Bruce Irvine, Esq., for their dedication to the project in the beginning stages. New Rotarian and Iraq War veteran Jonathan Bentley has been a valuable addition to the memorial’s committee.
The Delaware County Veterans Memorial is located at 4599 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square, Pa. For more information on the education program, speakers for your organization, or a private escorted tour of the memorial for your business group or military organization, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (610) 400-8722.