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Veterans Memorial Returns In Time For Memorial Day In Dallas

May 28, 2019

DALLAS — When work on the roundabout on state route 415 transformed the road through Dallas, it meant a military memorial in the center of the town would move. On Monday, Memorial Day celebrations welcomed the marker back to its home. “We’re just happy to put it back,” said John M. Emil, Sr., first vice commander of American Legion Post 672. The marker used to be in the middle of the five-way intersection in the borough. It was moved out of the center of the center and is now beside a sidewalk next to Fino’s Pharmacy. The Daddow-Isaacs post cared for the commemorative plaques on the memorial while construction was ongoing at the site. Major construction on the roundabout finished in 2018, and a crowd gathered for a parade and ceremony Monday to rededicate the monument and honor military veterans who died in the line of duty. “Those we remember are fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and friends. They have faces. They have lives,” said state Rep. Karen Boback, R-117, Harveys Lake. “And for many of us, they are a part of our memories.” U.S. Rep Dan Meuser, R-9, Dallas asked attendees to think of Gold Star Families, who have had family members who died while serving in the military. “We can’t help but continue to be saddened and remember most those that were close to us, those that we knew and those that were from our community. So today, as we’re recognizing and memorializing, let’s pray for those families,” Meuser said. State Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20, Lehman Twp., recalled learning about Memorial Day and its origins as “Decoration Day” in response to the many killed in the Civil War. A family heirloom gave her a glimpse of the holiday: a photo of her great-grandfather in his Grand Army of the Republic uniform and her great-grandmother decorating graves. That organization was the forerunner of the America Legion, she said. “And so I say thank you to this post and to all for preserving that legacy from more than 100 years ago of placing flags and decorations,” Baker said. “Today we pause, we remember and we recommit to the values they fought for and died for.” In a day dedicated to remembering what the country asked of those military members who died in service, she asked attendees to think about what those fallen servicemen and women would ask of us. “First and foremost,” she said, “honor one another in life the same way we honor soldiers, sailors, pilots and Marines in their final resting place. They would ask that we value our rights and our privileges and exercise them with wisdom and full consideration to improve out communities and our nation.” Contact the writer: bwellock@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2051, @CVBillW

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