Honor Park construction moves forward

By on March 20, 2019

Changes are underway at the site of the new Veterans Honor Park of Lancaster County in Warwick Township.

“It’s been a long time coming,” says C. David Kramer, organizer of the new park that is being constructed close to the Lititz Public Library off Kissel Hill Road. “How blessed we are.”

After nearly six years, the first real signs of progress are obvious. With excavators, bulldozers, front loaders and all sorts of equipment on site, the location was staked out on March 1, and earthmoving work quickly commenced, despite a few snowy days.

Sign announcing the new Veterans Honor Park. Organizers are still raising funds. To donate, visit vetshonorparklanco.org.

“We’re scheduled to have the Veterans Honor Park of Lancaster County completed by the end of May,” says Kramer, noting that a Memorial Day completion will have great significance for the park.

Even though it is located in the Lititz area, the Veterans Honor Park of Lancaster County is meant to remember all those from Lancaster County who have served in the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Navy.

Fundraising began in 2014 and construction recently got underway for the new Veterans Honor Park of Lancaster County in Warwick Township.

The idea for the park was started in 2013, with a letter to the editor from Karen Davis, widow of Capt. Edward Anthony Davis, a U.S. Navy flier and former prisoner of war in North Vietnam, and local Navy veteran Bob Weaver. Davis and Weaver hoped that a countywide park could be established to honor military veterans.

Kramer saw that letter and decided to do just that. He found the perfect location when he happened to run into Wayne Siegrist, who owns a nearby farm and had donated the land for the Lititz Public Library. Siegrist, the son of a World War II veteran who was part of the D-Day invasion, agreed to provide 2-1/2 acres of land for the veterans park as a tribute to his father.

Fundraising began in earnest in 2014. The original plan was scaled down, and now features a circular honor court with a flag in the center, with memorial brick pavers in honor of veterans. The park was designed by landscape architect Robert Kornman, a member of the Warwick Township Planning Commission and veteran of the U.S. Army.

“This was definitely a group operation,” reports Kramer, after a pre-construction meeting in late February got the ball rolling. “It amazes me how the efforts of so many people and companies have come together to make this happen, almost all of whom are making substantial contributions of time and materials to make the park a reality.”

Among those who are helping to build the park are Advantage Engineers, Alphabet Sign, American Flag Shop, ARRO Consulting, Biemesderfer Landscape, Bottom Line Contracting, B.R. Kreider, Clair Global, Commonwealth Code Inspection Service, Derck & Edson LLC, Diehm Surveyors, Drohan Brick, E & G Concrete, ECS Limited, ELA Group, Erb Brothers Landscape, GSM Industrial, Ironsmith (KMA), King Brothers Masonry, LISTRAK, Paradise Stamped Concrete, P.L. Rohrer, Quality Stone Veneer, Rohrer’s Quarry, RSR/Reidenbaugh, Sherwin Williams, Sporting Valley Turf, Sun Precast, The Edgewood Company, Warwick Township, Zimmerman Masonry, and Zug & Associates engineering.

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