Assistance sought to restore memorial

This is to current and former residents of 12th Ward and all who would like to help the Central Pennsylvania National Guard Veteran’s Association honor the 1,000 residents whose names had been inscribed on the memorial at Pine Avenue and 28th Street.

We need your financial support to restore this memorial.

In May of 2016, I was informed that the City of Altoona intended to demolish the WWII memorial, and I was given 30 days to show progress or action would be taken to destroy it.

I immediately received bids and started to restore the monument, and I’m hoping we would receive enough donations to complete the restoration. We have run out of money, and we hope to complete this memorial to have a rededication on May 28, 2017.

We have received donations from some very patriotic businesses that enabled us to be where we are now.

On Feb. 4, Image Signs installed the 1,000 names on the wall of the memorial. We have not received any donations from any Altoona military-type organizations whom we sent complete packets requesting their help.

In 1945, when this memorial was dedicated on behalf of the American Legion by adjutant Daniel Carey, J.M. Hughes Commander of Charles R. Rowan American Legion pledged support and care. Harry Holben Commander of V.F.W. pledged support and care. Charles Maier of the American Legion also pledged support.

I ask the public to take a ride up to Pine Avenue and 28th Street and see if you might see a relative’s name on the walls of the monument. It has been brought to my attention that individuals want to donate but were unaware as to how and where.

Let us honor these silent heroes by donating.

Make checks payable to Central Penna. National Guard Veterans Assoc., or payable to C.P.N.G.V.A.

Send to: 249 Avalon Road, Altoona PA 16601.

CSM Joseph E. Keirn, retired, Altoona