The Marthasville Parks Department will dedicate a memorial to area veterans Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Lichtenberg Memorial Park, located at the corner of One and Depot streets near the post office.
Loretta Davis and Phyllis Aston are spearheading the event. Davis said work on the park began as early as 1993 and many improvements have been made over the years. Landscaping has been added and flagpoles are now in place.
“That whole park has been built by donations of friends and family of the deceased and a lot of hard work from everyone,” she said. “The city owns the property and it was initially dedicated as the Lichtenberg Park in 2005.”
Davis said the park was named in honor of the Lichtenberg family, who owned and operated a funeral home at that location for many years.
In April of this year, Tommy Kelpe and other members of Troop 433 built the wall surrounding the memorial plaque as part of Kelpe’s Eagle Scout project.
Words inscribed on the marker are: “With pride and gratitude, the Marthasville Community honors those residents who served our nation’s armed forces. In war and peace their service protected our freedoms. For freedom is the sure possession of only those who have the courage to defend it.”
All veterans, their families and friends are invited to the dedication. Valet parking will be provided to veterans by the Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department and the Marthasville Ambulance District. The volunteers will pick up any veterans at their cars who need the service and transport them to the ceremony site.
Mayor David Lange, members of local clergy and other dignitaries will offer remarks and special prayers during the ceremony. Area Boy Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Junior ROTC of St. Clair will post colors.
The Rev. Don Deeker will dedicate the memorial plaque.
Refreshments will be available after the ceremony.