WEST CHESTER (September 14) – State Senator Andy Dinniman will hold a special event to honor our veterans on Saturday, September 24 at 10 a.m. at the Medal of Honor Grove.

Layout 1“The period of 2015-17 marks the 100th Anniversary of WWI, the 75th Anniversary of WWII, the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War, the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and the 25th Anniversary of the Gulf War” Dinniman said. “These milestones call for us to come together to remember the fallen, as well as honor all of our nation’s heroes and veterans of all branches of the military from throughout our history.”

Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, organized the event in conjunction with the Freedoms Foundation, the Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove, and the Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission.

The event will feature remarks from retired Army Colonel Walter J. Marm, Pennsylvania’s only living Medal of Honor recipient, as well as Lt. Governor Mike Stack and Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Brigadier General Tony Carrelli.

Dinniman who brought together hundreds of residents, students, community members, and veterans to clean up the Grove back in 2010, said he couldn’t think of a more perfect setting for the event.

Senator Dinniman (center) with Medal of Honor Recipients retired Army Colonel Walter J. Marm (left) and retired Marine Corps Major General James E. Livingston (right) at the Medal of Honor Grove.

Senator Dinniman (center) with Medal of Honor Recipients retired Army Colonel Walter J. Marm (left) and retired Marine Corps Major General James E. Livingston (right) at the Medal of Honor Grove.

“The Medal of Honor Grove is a unique place where nature and history come together in a moving tribute to our nation’s heroes. As Chester Countians, we are honored to have this historic memorial site call our region home,” he said. “If you haven’t visited, I encourage you to join us on Sept. 24 and see it for yourself.”

The Medal of Honor Grove, located just off Route 23 outside Valley Forge, is the nation’s oldest memorial site dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. As a result of the work of Dinniman and others, the Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove nonprofit organization was formed to maintain the site and help ensure that it is preserved in perpetuity.

While Dinniman continues to support efforts to enhance and preserve veterans’ memorial sites, like the Medal of Honor Grove, he said it is even more important that we work to ensure that all our servicemen and women, past and present, receive the support they need upon returning home.

“While it is imperative that we recognize our veterans, the best way we can honor their service is by working to ensure that they and their families have access to the support, services, and resources they deserve,” he said.

If You’re Going:

  • The event is Rain or Shine.
  • The Medal of Honor Grove is located at the headquarters of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge located at 1601 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville.
  • Guests should bring a blanket or chair.
  • Tours of the Medal of Honor Grove will be available immediately following the ceremony.


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